The Adventures of Ollie-Dare - Chapter 4
Rebecca D. Morris
OLLIE-DARE MEETS SAMUAL THE BALLOONIST
One day while Ollie-Dare and his best friends, Jimmy the Rabbit and Ace
the Coon, were having tea on the porch at Ollie-Dare's cave, Banjo the Fox
came running up. He was talking very fast and Ollie-Dare had to ask Banjo
to please slow down, he could not understand a word that he was saying.
Handing his friend a cup of tea he told him to sit and get his breath. Banjo
quickly sipped his tea, and then began to tell Ollie-Dare of a strange sight
he had seen within the forest walls.
It seemed that something had entered the forest, and all the
creatures were afraid, and waiting on the wise words of Ollie-Dare. Banjo
began to tell of a large object, like none he had seen before, landing in the
meadows just beyound the forest walls.
Ollie-Dare, becoming concerned, asked Banjo to lead the way, and told his
friends Ace and Jimmy to please follow. Well, as they entered the meadow,
Ollie-Dare was indeed concerned. Before him stood a huge orange and yellow
balloon. Well, at least Ollie-Dare thought it looked like a balloon. It was
shaped like a balloon, but it was so big.
Creatures, large and small, gathered around Ollie-Dare to ask "What has
entered our forest, Ollie-Dare?"
Ollie-Dare answered, "I have not the answers you seek, but I will find out
why this strange thing has entered our forest."
Now being the wise bear that he was, Ollie-Dare knew he must take great
caution. He slowly made his way up to the object and called, "Who goes
Suddenly a voice answered, "I am Samual the Balloonist, and who may I ask
Ollie-Dare looked up to see a large man looking out from a basket that was
attached to the big balloon. "I am Ollie-Dare, and this is my forest you
have entered," he answered.
"I am sorry," replied Samual, "But my balloon has taken on a leak, and it
must be repaired before I go on. I only landed here in the meadow so I could
do some repairs."
"I have seen balloons before, and this does not look like any balloon I
have ever seen," laughed Ollie-Dare.
Samual, with a smile, explained "This is a hot-air balloon that can travel
great distances and go high within the sky. I have visited many lands and
seen many things within my balloon."
Ollie-Dare was amazed, and as he walked around the giant balloon he shook
his head and said, "A balloon that carries a man within the sky all over the
world! How wonderful! Come, I will serve fresh tea, and you, Samual, will
tell me more about this balloon of yours."
So off Samual and Ollie-Dare went to Ollie-Dare's cave deep within the
forest. Following behind, were Ace, Jimmy, and Banjo, all eager to hear what
Samual had to say. They all sat quietly listening to the funny stories of
Samual, and how his balloon carried him to lands far beyond the oceans.
After tea, Ollie-Dare asked Samual how they may be of help in mending his
balloon. He added, "Nibbles the squirrell's pine-quill needles, she uses to
sew, would not have the strength needed; and her thread would not hold such
as your balloon needs for repairing."
Samual thought for awhile then answered, "Well, if you could perhaps help
me find some strong clay that I could plug the hole with? The hole is
slight, and that should hold it until I can reach were I am going, and I can
finish the repairs there. It will take a few days for the clay to harden and
I must ask if I could stay for that time?"
Ace spoke up "I know were we could find the clay. You see, Beaver Joe is
moving his dam up stream, and they have been working fresh clay for days.
However, Beaver Joe doesn't like to give up his clay, so it may take some
"Maybe Woodchuck the Logger, will give us fresh cut wood to trade Beaver
Joe for the clay. For if there is one thing Beaver Joe likes more than clay,
it's wood!" said Banjo. "And as soon as I finish this cup of tea, we'll go
see what we can do."
Soon Banjo and Ace were off to see if they could get the clay Samual
needed, and Ollie-Dare and Jimmy the Rabbit took Samual for a tour of their
forest. Samual, in all his travels, had never seen such beauty and wonder as
that of Ollie-Dare's forest. He saw pine trees so large their branch ends
could not be seen; streams so clear the water created diamonds from the
sunlight; grass as green as Irish clover, and soft as cotton. A rainbow of
flowers lined the forest with roses, orchids, daiseys, violets, and wild
flowers of every name. He saw oaks and maple trees so huge he could hide his
balloon beneath them. The wind gave soft music that carried the fresh smell
of the flowers.
He met many of the forest residents. There was Nibbles the squirrel (who
gave him a quill needle just in case he needed it), Fanny the Robin, and
Blossom the possum. Shantey the Groundhog walked by, and many more. The sun
was beginning to fade when they made their way back to Ollie-Dare's cave. On
entering, they found Ace and Banjo back from their quest, and with them a
full pot of clay from Beaver Joe, with well wishes from him and Woodchuck.
Early morning came, and Samual and Ollie-Dare went to repair the leak in
the hot-air balloon. They worked all day and into the night before going to
settle in for a few days to let the clay harden in the sun of day. Two days
had finally passed, and Samual was sorry to leave his new friends, but knew
he must carry on his travels, and his work to see new lands and cities.
All the forest creatures gathered for a farewell, many bringing gifts of
food and water. As the giant balloon rose within the sky Ollie-Dare once
again wondered if he would see his new friend again, and wished him well on
Jimmy the Rabbit was very sad, for Samual would not take him with him in
the big balloon and Ollie-Dare knew he was heartbroken. But the same as
Samual needed the open sky and his balloon, Jimmy needed his forest to live,
and would soon forget the pain of his broken heart.
The balloon soon drifted from sight and Ollie-Dare and his friends went
back into the forest. Jimmy asked "Ollie-Dare, why is man so different from
all here in the great forest?"
Ollie-Dare thought for a moment, for he knew he must answer well and wise.
"Man and beast," Ollie-Dare began, "are not so very different at all. We
need the same things - just in different ways. Man needs food, we need food.
He seeks adventures in other lands, we seek it here within the forest walls.
Man strives to better his world, we work to better our forest. He sleeps, we
sleep. I find only one difference between the two, for as man creates, he
destroys a lot of things because he fails to see beyond what he creates. We,
here in the forest, must always look beyond tomorrow, in what we create.
However, man and beast must both live with the outcome of all
Jimmy the Rabbit became very quiet as he thought of Ollie-Dare's words.
He looked up one last time, and wondered what it would be like high within
the sky, and wondered were Samual was now. He knew that he had created a new
friend in Samual, one creation they all could live with.
©2002 Rebecca Morris
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