Sometimes Jupiter likes to read the classic Golden Book tale, The Poky Little Puppy before bed or nap time. This is another of many children’s stories where the intended moral of the story seems to have been surpassed by a message that, I think, conveys the nearly the opposite message.
The Poky Little Puppy is a story about five little puppies who dig a hole under the fence to go out for a walk in the wide, wide world. The fifth, poky, puppy is always behind the others. Eventually the poky little puppy smells the dessert that is prepared for the puppies each night. The four other puppies smell it too and hurry home while the poky puppy takes his time. The four puppies then eat their dinner and are scolded by their mother for digging a hole under the fence with the punishment being that they do not get dessert. Then along comes the poky puppy after everyone is asleep. He is met with no dinner but left over dessert, since the four puppies were not able to eat it.
This scenario takes place twice. The poky little puppy enjoys rice pudding and chocolate custard; a full helping, which was intended for five puppies, all to himself in these first two scenarios. The third time this happens, after the mother scolds the four puppies, they go fill in the hole and the mother then rewards them with the strawberry shortcake dessert while the poky little puppy is locked out of the fence. The poky little puppy squeezes through a hole in the fence and witnesses the other four finishing the dessert and feels sorry for himself for being so poky.
The intended lesson appears to be that being poky and naughty will yield unfavorable consequences. But looking at the story objectively, in this three day period, the poky little puppy has enjoyed eight times the dessert of each of the other puppies divided between two separate occasions. To me, it looks like the poky little puppy is being handsomely rewarded for being poky and naughty. What do you think?