S: FURever My Hero Stories : Grandpaw "Droopy Drawers" Inspires President Teddy
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FC: FURever My Hero Stories | Grandpaw "Droopy Drawers" Inspires President Teddy | by Hal Price
1: My name is Eli (Bear Behind) My family's full of charm Sometimes they growl, and snarl, and roar But they never mean to harm. Each family member's different, Unique as they can be.. So I thought that it would be real cool To share their history My Grandpaw is my hero here His story's known through town, He lives each time folks hear it, So I thought I'd write it down.
2: My mother told me 'bout him, One night before we'd pray. She held me really tightly When I asked her please to stay. “Dear Eli, you're so special!” (She started with a kiss), She tucked me in and then began Her story went like this... | Ready for my Story!
3: In a sleepy town called Bear Ridge Not far from Tennessee Where hills rolled into mountains Far as the eye could see.
4: Those hills were filled with empty caves And that's where we called home But when your Grandpaw was your age, Quite often he would roam! One day he wandered further south To a town the folks called Smedes And as a Mississippi Boy The forest met his needs.
5: They say Grandpaw wore overalls He found near Yazoo City, A railroad worker left them there And they didn’t fit real pretty! His overalls had just one strap And it was rather loose And every time he tried to run He showed off his caboose! | Yazoo City Railway
6: His friends all made fun of his jeans They fell when he did chores And one day Emma Brown Nose Called him Hot Lips “Droopy Drawers”! So many kids get nicknames Some fun and some that hurt But Grandpaw liked his special name Because Emma was a flirt! | Hey Droopy Drawers! I think U R cute! Emma (Do you like me?)
7: And Droopy Drawers set off one day To hunt for food to eat But this November while he searched He got in trouble deep! While munching on some berries (A mix of black and blue) He heard some hounds from all around The year? 1902 | While munching on some berries (A mix of black and blue) He heard some hounds from all around The year? 1902
8: Old Droop dropped all his berries there And soon began to run He saw some hunters coming near And each one had a gun! The hounds all chased him though the woods He ran like melted cheese But it was hard to run real far With pants down past his knees!
9: The hounds chased him for hours He ran from day till night They cornered him and he played dead He had no strength to fight | This is getting scary!
10: The hunters hit the young scared cub And tied him to a tree They told him he should rest a while And wait for company What Droopy didn’t know that day Was he would be the prize For a hunting U.S. President Who was almost twice Droop’s size! As Droop prepared himself to fall He said a great bear prayer That his life might be saved that day By a hunter who would care
11: And as the hunters came toward Droop He lowered his head down And prayed beneath that great big tree That held him tight and bound | I can't BEAR to watch!
12: Then a man called Teddy said, “Hey men! I just can’t shoot this bear!” “He doesn’t have a sporting chance, and I don’t think that’s fair!” He reached for poor old Droopy then And offered him his cup And then he smiled and told his friends... “Men pull his britches up!”
13: And Teddy asked the frightened bear What is this name of yours? And Droopy smiled and hugged the man And told him, “Droopy Drawers!” I love that nickname Droopy! They call me “Rough and Ready”! And some folks call me President, But you can call me Teddy!
14: Then Teddy’s friends were ordered to release him from that tree And stories grew about how Teddy set this young bear free! See, Droopy’s life was spared that day, by a man whose heart he’d felt And Droopy heard the men all call him... "Teddy" Roosevelt
15: And in our nation’s capital The Press was made aware Of a President’s compassion For the one called “Teddy’s Bear!” And from a cartoon drawn one day In print for all to see The “Teddy Bear” was given life To keep kids company!
16: So now you know the story of how Teddy Bears began But there is one more lesson from this bear and from this man. Now Eli is it time to tell you one thing all bears know That in this life please understand you reap just what you sow.
17: And just as fate would have it The man who spared Droop’s life Had his life spared... because he cared One Mississippi night For from that cold November day in Nineteen Hundred Two Ten years went by before some guy tried shooting Teddy too! One evening in Milwaukee Where Roosevelt would speak A man jumped out to shoot Droop's friend And history here repeats!
18: You see old Teddy’s caring heart Was ‘bout to meet its match When fate stepped in to save him One bullet lodged, but scratched. His heart had been protected Because the speech he wrote Was long and four-times folded And placed within his coat!
19: The bullet aimed to kill him Had been slowed down you see By his own words to share with all... This speech WAS history! And Grandpaw Droopy sent a note to his hunter friend named Teddy To remind him that his nickname made him Oh so “Rough and Ready”!
20: Then Eli said his bear prayers And drifted off to sleep He dreamed of his Great Grandpaw And the lives he touched so deep And Eli had a vision That he could be great too By doing right by others and then to himself BE TRUE!
21: Thanks for your wonderful stories Mom..Good Nite!