By: Jim Fitzpatrick

Local Farmer in Polkton Township writes for the Coopersville Observer.

Along Brandy Creek

By Jim Fitzpatrick


The Coopersville Observer  April 18, 2005- - No. 50

It was one of those make-it-up-as-you-go stories, a bed time tale. The farmer made it up, all about a beaver and a wolf. He told it to his daughter before she was barley able to use but a few words of her own. A little girl beaver and a little boy wolf; they lived in a land far to the North, a place of mountains and forests and lakes inhabited by many other friendly creatures of the wilds. "Little Girl Beaver" and "Little Boy Wolf" were the best of friends. Sure didn't seem very logical; but, it all started out that way right from the beginning. To that young daughter it was the best of stories ever, even better than those that she had heard her Dad tell to her older brother.


From a den high on the mountain where a wolf family lives, all the way down into a valley of lakes and rivers where beaver lodges edge the lake shores; that's where the stories take place. Some times there is a bit of trouble that goes on and Little Girl Beaver and Little Boy Wolf get together and somehow always manage to make things right. Often other animals of that north land show up in the stores to be part of the adventure for the evening. At times a single story will continue on for several nights. Some times the stories are short, often quite long; never quite long enough for that farm girl daughter, however! She would be quite happy to listen on into the night indefinitely.


Since the night of that first story about Little Girl Beaver and Little Boy Wolf, adventures of those two make believe wilderness critters have continued on over the years. As we all know, the young daughter is eight years old now. Will the Dad ever run out of ideas for Little Girl Beaver and Little Boy Wolf, on story telling nights?

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