TOPIC: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - A Child’s Tale
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - A Child’s Tale 9 months 2 weeks ago #3784231
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - A Child’s Tale
Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw him, you would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say: "Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" Then all the reindeer loved him as they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, you'll go down in history!
A Few Details
Rudolph suffered from a physical deformity that, though it didn’t in any way impair his motor skills or ability to perform tasks expected of a reindeer of his age and size, rendered him a social outcast. As a fawn, he innocently pranced about with other reindeer his age, but as the young group aged, the others increasingly took notice of his deformity and began to ostracize and torment him due to his physical appearance. At first he was a bit bewildered that those who had once accepted him now cruelly picked on him, taking delight at his discomfiture. Over time, he became somewhat withdrawn and tentative, his self esteem damaged, lonely and reclusive. The other reindeer not only didn’t care about his unhappiness, they reveled in it, going out of their way to hurl invectives his way, taunting him unmercifully and excluding him from their social group. Rudolph observed their play from the sidelines, resigned to a life of loneliness.
As it happens, there was an authority figure in their lives, a Mr. Claus, who had been either unmindful or indifferent to Rudolph’s plight, but who one day found himself in a bit of a pinch to meet certain contractual obligations of considerable import. Claus paced back and forth in the shop for a time, unsure of how to proceed, concerned that both his reputation and fortune could be ruined by bad luck and circumstances beyond his control. At one point, as the deadline loomed closer and closer, he happened to glance out a
window and noticed Rudolph sitting quietly as always to one side and, with a flash of inspiration, it occurred to Claus that the nature of Rudolph’s physical deformity could be used to his advantage in resolving this emergency situation. He flung the door open and walked directly up to Rudolph to discuss the matter, certain that he could convince the young deer to cooperate inasmuch as the resolution could be mutually advantageous to both of them.
Rudolph, who had never before been addressed by Claus, seeing the big man approach with obvious resolve in his face, cowered, certain that his troubles had been multiplied, and wondered what he had done to focus Claus’ attention on himself. As Claus stood and explained what he wanted, it occurred to Claus what a gamble he was taking, risking his entire enterprise on a cowering trembling beast that it seemed was afraid to even look up at him. He had no choice though, and did his best to convince the miserable wretch in front of him that he was up to the job.
Rudolph, of course, wanted to die on the spot. There didn’t seem to be any way to get out of this situation. He whined and whined, explaining to Claus that there was no way he could take on the task he was being given. Claus didn’t budge and told Rudolph it was time to stand up and be a reindeer, that he didn’t want to hear excuses. He just wanted to see results. The big man walked away, leaving Rudolph dazed and afraid. It was only hours before Claus would return to press him into duty and he was certain he would fail.
Claus called in his operations deer and told him about the decision he had made. His deer looked at Claus with disbelief. “Rudolph? You’re giving the key assignment to that clown?” As soon as he said it, he knew he had made a mistake. Claus turned slowly and stared him down. “Yes”, said Claus, letting the word hang in the air. After a long pause, he laid out the story. “Rudolph’s taking lead. And I’ll tell you what. You’d better see to it that he doesn’t fail. You got it?” His operations guy nodded. He knew not to protest any more. It was clear that the decision had been made and there was no use being seen as a roadblock. “Yes sir”, he said and he left, looking for Rudolph, realizing he had to somehow prop up the pathetic loser deer.
On his way, he ran into several of the team. He told them what was happening. He could see the disbelief in their faces but didn’t give them a chance to say one word. “That’s how it is, OK? Claus has made up his mind so get over it. You either work with Rudolph or I’m going to make your lives hell. If we botch this one, some of you are probably going to the meat processing plant, OK? Claus is serious about this one. We either make Rudolph look good or we’re busted.” He stared at each of them to see who was going to give him trouble. One by one, they all looked down, but he could see the scowls on their faces. “That’s right”, he thought, “all you tough guys just look down and whine to each other once I step out of the room.” And then he stepped out of the room.
When he found Rudolph, he changed his approach. He didn’t try to bully the deer because he knew the deer might collapse and fold. Instead he congratulated Rudolph and told him if he needed anything, to call on him. He laid out a brief plan on how they could approach the project. When he got done talking, Rudolph looked a little bit better, almost relieved. He had given Rudolph a glimmer of hope that this thing could work, that they
could pull it off. He told the deer that they would get together in three hours to finalize their plans. He gave Rudolph a few ideas of what he should think about before their upcoming meeting. When he left, he slapped the young deer on the back and gave him a grin. “We’ll kick some ass, Rudy”. The young deer tried to smile back and nodded. The operations guy turned and walked away. “God help us”, he thought.
A couple of the deer drifted over to Rudolph as he sat working on his game plan. “Hey, Rudolph, what’s up?” Rudolph looked at them, surprised at being spoken to. “Hey, we heard you got the account. Good job. If you need anything, let us know. We’ll help any way we can, OK?” Rudolph nodded and said thanks. “Oh, and listen, the day after tomorrow after the deal’s done, a few of us are getting together to play some cards. Drop by, OK? We’ll soak up some suds and tell war stories, OK?” Rudolph thought a moment, then said, “Sure, but for now, let’s make this thing happen. Claus is counting on us.” He paused a couple of moments, then looked back down at his spreadsheet. “I’ll see you guys tonight.”
He looked back up as they walked away, watching their backs. His face grew hard and he muttered to himself, “Yeah, we’ll tell some war stories. Yeah. You better believe it’s war now, you bastards.” He smiled on the inside to himself as he got back to work. “Yeah, that’s it. We’ll tell some war stories.”
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