Once upon a time there was a happy little train. He had such a good time as he raced down the tracks. He blew his whistle at all his friends along the way. His friend the horse galloped alongside to the end of the pasture. His friend the duck soared over his steaming smokestack.
But one day the happy train stopped being happy. He began to envy his friends. The horse could go anywhere he wanted in his pasture and the duck could fly through the sky. “But all I ever get to do is stay on the tracks!” grumbled the not-so-happy little train.
“How can I get off my tracks?” wondered the little train.
“Maybe if I go really fast at the curve. Then I’ll be off the tracks and as free as my friend the horse!”
So the next day the little train began to pick up speed miles before the curve. His friends were astonished at how fast the little train steamed by. They watched with amazement as the little train reached the curve at full speed and jumped free of the tracks. “I’m free” thought the little train as he plowed into the field next to the tracks.
But before he could blow his whistle he was stuck. He churned his wheels. He tried to go backwards. But he didn’t move an inch.
“I’m not free!” he cried. “I’m stuck!”
His friend the horse came over to the little train. “You silly train, what were you thinking?” asked the horse.
“I wanted to be free like you,” said the train. “But I discovered that the only way to be free is to stay on the tracks!”
“Of course,” said the horse.
“Absolutely,” said the duck. “We’re only free when we play by the rules.”
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