U-Dandy Resisted Restraint
curiosity and desire to explore the neighborhood led him and me into trouble.
Once on the highway he was hit by an automobile, resulting in a demolished
machine, injury to the horse, and slight, though not serious, injury to the
driver. Recovering from that, and still impelled with a feeling of
wanderlust he inspected the fence throughout the entire boundary. He even
found the gates wired. So, for awhile we thought we had "U-Dandy" secure in the
however, somebody left the gate unwired. Detecting this, "U-Dandy" unlatched it,
took "Nig," his companion, with him, and together they visited the neighbor's
field. They went to an old house used for storage. "U-Dandy's" curiosity
prompted him to push open the door. Just as he had surmised, there was a sack of
grain. What a find! Yes, and what a tragedy! The grain was poison bait for
rodents! In a few minutes "U-Dandy" and "Nig" were in spasmodic pain, and
shortly both were dead.
"U-Dandy" are many of our youth! They are not bad; they do not even intend to do
wrong, but they are impulsive, full of life, full of curiosity, and long to do
something. They, too, are restive under restraint, but if they are kept busy,
guided carefully and rightly, they prove to be responsive and capable; but if
left to wander unguided, they all too frequently find themselves in the
environment of temptation and too often are entangled in the snares of evil.
-Linda Ririe Gundry, Jay A. Parry, and Jack M. Lyon, editors, Best-Loved Christmas Stories of the LDS People, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2001] p. 429.