Storytime: Billy The Kid
A young goat gets his first taste of the big, wide world
An adventurous little goat travels a bit too far afield on his first day out in the big, wide world.
Once upon a time, on a spring morning, little Billy lay in the soft, warm straw as his mother gently massaged his tiny body. Soon, Billy began to stir as first one leg, then another, tried to lift him. At first, his little legs were too wobbly, and down he would go. Before long, though, he was able to stand and enjoy his first feed of warm milk.
Day by day, Billy grew stronger and livelier. He began to recognize the sound of Farmer Jones as he came whistling into the barn. He also brought Mother fresh hay, and he’d stop to rub Billy’s head, where someday, Billy would grow a great pair of horns. Life was cozy and secure.
As time passed, Billy began to feel the warmth of the sun through the window, and was excited at the new scents he smelled coming in on the breeze. One day, Farmer Jones opened the barn door and led Mother and Billy out into the big, green pasture, where Mother began happily eating the grass. Being a little nervous, Billy stayed close to her side. Before long, however, being young and full of energy, Billy began to romp around. At first he jumped and skipped near Mother. He continued jumping and skipping and bouncing until late afternoon, when suddenly, Billy realized he was alone! He was starting to feel cold and hungry; where was Mother?
Fear filled his little heart as be bleated and ran around, searching for his mother. Darkness fell as birds twittered quietly in the trees, and down by the pond frogs began their evening song. Billy had heard these sounds before, but Mother had always been near—now he was alone and frightened.
From the darkness, Billy saw something shining and heard familiar footsteps. Soon, he was being carried in the gentle arms of Farmer Jones, who brought him back to the warmth and comfort of home and Mother.
Billy’s first day out in the big world had been an exciting one. A brandnew day of adventure lay ahead— after a good night’s rest. ■