Hope you glean something from it…Little Red Riding Hood as Who:
Because Little Red Riding Hood is especially close to grandmother, her mother asks her to take her a bottle of wine and cake to help her illness. (Wine, hmm.)Who aims to please, seeking out ways to connect and unite with others.
LLR’s grandmother lives deep in the woods. A wolf meets her on the path. Her mother told her not to stroll from the path. LLR doesn’t understand the extent of the wolf’s wickedness; therefore, she’s not afraid of him.Who can be easily deceived, wanting to believe the best in people (or wolves for that matter). It takes Who time and experience to discern.
The wolf asks where LLR’s going and what she has in her apron, then where her grandmother lives. LLR tells him exactly where.Whether from naivety, lack of experience, or will to trust, Who has been known to be easily manipulated.
The wolf thinks LLR a “tender young creature”. They walk together as the wolf points the beautiful flowers in the woods.Who is prone to distraction, prone to wander.
RRH strays off the path and picks flowers for her grandmother.Who strays, sometimes with the best of intentions.
The wolf escapes RRH and runs to the grandmother’s house, tricking the old lady into thinking he’s RRH.There are always circumstances occurring outside of Who’s awareness and realm of judgment.
RRH gathers so many flowers she can hardly carry them all.
Who is about to find out even best intentions can carry grave consequences.
LLR has an “uneasy” & “strange” feeling upon entering her grandmother’s already open door.Who’s instincts have already equipped her with far more than she understands.
LLR mentions her grandmother’s big ears, to which the wolf replies…the better to hear you with.Who gets a red flag, its pole lodged in her throat.
LLR mentions her grandmother’s big eyes, to which the wolf replies…the better to see you with.Second red flag.
LLR mentions her grandmother’s big hands (which is altogether funny b/c wolves have paws), to which the wolf replies…the better to hug you with.Three strikes & you’re out? Not quite, Who has one more observation, careful not to be too quick to judge.
She mentions her grandmother’s big mouth, to which the wolf replies…the better to eat you with.Ding. Ding. Ding. Who is convinced. No more Hoodie Nice Guy. But it’s too late for Who.
The wolf swallows LLR.Who is often swallowed up by outside influences. Who becomes lost in dark, scary places—when she’s surrounded by those lacking genuine care for her well being.
A huntsman stumbles upon the cottage and thinks perhaps the wolf has eaten the grandmother. He cuts open the stomach of sleeping wolf.Who needs rescue.
RRH and her grandmother climb out of the wolf alive.Who needs not fear permanent darkness. Who lives.
Who acts on discernment, not letting the enemy defeat her.
The huntsman takes the wolf skin, grandmother drinks the wine and eats the cake, and RRH tells herself she’ll never leave the path again.Who makes a plan.
During another skip through the woods, as RRH takes more cake & wine (gotta love it) to granny, a wolf attempts the same shenanigan.Who is not immune to future attacks.
LLR & granny lock the wolf out. Wolf waits them out, intending to eat RRH on her way home. But the grandmother suspects his wicked plan.Who is best with a partner, a helper, a friend. Two are better than one.
Granny hatches a plan for RRH to take sausages to a trough. Tempted by the meat, the wolf sniffs and falls deep in the trough.Who’s enemies are predictable.
RRH goes joyously home.“Who is like the wise man? Who knows the explanation of things? Wisdom brightens a man’s face and changes its hard appearance.” Ecc. 8:1
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13
Do you see Who in the Hood? Ever feel like Who?
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