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by Claude M. Steiner
happy people called Tim and Maggie with their two children, John and Lucy. To understand how happy
they were you have to understand how things were in
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You see in those happy days everyone was given a
small, soft Fuzzy Bag when born. Any time a person reached into this bag they
were able to pull out a Warm Fuzzy. Warm Fuzzies were very much in demand
because whenever someone was given a Warm Fuzzy it made them feel warm and fuzzy
In those days it was very easy to get Warm Fuzzies.
were always asking each other for Warm Fuzzies, and since they were always given
freely, getting enough of them was never a problem. There were always plenty to
go around, and so everyone was happy and felt warm and fuzzy most of the time.
day a bad witch who made salves and potions for sick people became angry because
everyone was so happy and feeling good and no one was buying potions and salves.
here, Tim, look at all the Fuzzies that Maggie is giving to Lucy. You know, if
she keeps it up she is going to run out and then there won't be any left for
was astonished. He turned to the witch and asked, "Do you mean to tell me
that there isn't a Warm Fuzzy in our bag every time we reach into it?".
the witch answered, "No, absolutely not, and once you run out, that's it.
You don't have any more."
took this to heart and began to notice every time Maggie gave away a Warm Fuzzy.
He got very worried because he liked Maggie's Warm Fuzzies very much and did not
want to give them up. He certainly did not think it was right for Maggie to be
spending all her Warm Fuzzies on the children and other people.
began to complain or sulk when he saw Maggie giving Warm Fuzzies to somebody
else, and because Maggie loved him very much, she stopped giving Warm Fuzzies to
other people as often, and reserved most of them for him.
children watched this and soon began to get the idea that it was wrong to give
Warm Fuzzies any time you were asked or felt like it. They too became
very careful. They would watch their parents closely and whenever they felt that
one of their parents was giving too many Fuzzies to others, they felt jealous
and complained and sometimes even had a tantrum. And even though they found a
Warm Fuzzy every time they reached into their bag they began to feel guilty
whenever they gave them away so they reached in less and less and became more
and more stingy with them.
the witch, people used to gather in groups of three, four or five, never caring
too much who was giving Warm Fuzzies to whom. After the coming of the witch,
people began to pair off and to reserve all their Warm Fuzzies for each other,
exclusively. When people forgot to be careful and gave a Warm Fuzzy to just
anybody they worried because they knew that somebody would probably resent
sharing their Warm Fuzzies.
began to give less and less Warm Fuzzies, and felt less warm and less fuzzy.
They began to shrivel up and, occasionally, people would even die from lack of
the situation was getting very serious indeed. The bad witch who had been
watching all of this didn't really want the people to die (since dead people
couldn't buy his salves and potions), so a new plan was devised.
was given, free of charge, a bag that was very similar to the Fuzzy Bag except
that this one was cold while the Fuzzy Bag was warm. Inside of the witch's bag
were Cold Pricklies. These Cold Pricklies did not make people feel warm and
fuzzy; in fact they made them feel cold and prickly instead. But the Cold
Pricklies were better than nothing and they did prevent peoples' backs from
from then on, when somebody asked for a Warm Fuzzy, people who were worried
about depleting their supply would say, "I can't give you a Warm Fuzzy, but
would you like a Cold Prickly instead?"
two people would walk up to each other, thinking they maybe they could get a
Warm Fuzzy this time, but one of them would change his mind and they would wind
up giving each other Cold Pricklies instead. So, the end result was that people
were not dying anymore but a lot of people were very unhappy and feeling very
cold and prickly indeed.
situation got very complicated since the coming of the witch because there were
fewer and fewer Warm Fuzzies around and Warm Fuzzies which used to be free as
air, became extremely valuable.
caused people to do all sorts of things in order to get Warm Fuzzies. People who
could not find a generous partner had to buy their Warm Fuzzies and had to work
long hours to earn the money.
people became "popular" and got a lot of Warm Fuzzies without having
to give any back. These people
would then sell their Warm Fuzzies to people who were "unpopular" and
needed them to feel that life was worth living.
thing which happened was that some people would take Cold Pricklies--which were
everywhere and freely available-and coated them white and fluffy so that they
almost looked like Warm Fuzzies. These fake Warm Fuzzies were really Plastic
Fuzzies, and they caused additional problems.
instance, two or more people would get together and freely give each other
Plastic Fuzzies. They expected to feel good, but they came away feeling bad
instead. People got very confused never realizing that their cold, prickly
feelings were because they had been given a lot of Plastic Fuzzies.
the situation was very, very dismal and it all started because of the coming of
the witch who made people believe that some day, when least expected, they might
reach into their Warm Fuzzy Bag and find no more.
long ago, a young woman with big hips came to this unhappy land.
made the grownups very worried. To protect the children from depleting their
supplies of Warm Fuzzies they passed a law.
of now its hard to say what will happen. Will the grownups
laws stop the recklessness of the children?
the grownups going to join with the Hip Woman and the children in taking a
chance that there will always be as many Warm Fuzzies as needed?
they remember the days their children are trying to bring back when Warm Fuzzies
were abundant because people gave them away freely ?
struggle spread all over the land and is probably going on right were you live.
If you want to, and I hope you do, you can join by freely giving and asking for
Warm Fuzzies and being as loving and healthy as you can.
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© 1969 Copywrite by Claude Steiner