January 09, 2005

The Bear and the Hill


There was a bear. He came to a hill. He wanted to know what was on the other side of the hill. He climbed it, and what did he see? Another hill. He wanted to know what was on the other side of that hill. So he climbed it, and what did he see? Another hill. Etc.

Does anyone else remember a children's story along these lines?

Why didn't he walk in a direction where there weren't any hills? Why didn't he concentrate on doing something besides climbing hills? Curiosity, I suppose. Some kind of motivation. I guess I admire him. He must have had some kind of plan.

This view is from Charles Plimmer Reserve on Mt Victoria, up towards the crest of the hill.

7 Comments:

Blogger Jo Hubris said...

It was a song in a book, and it went something like this:

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To see what he could see

To see what he could see,
To see what he could see

The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
Was all that he could see

Was all that he could see,
Was all that he could see,
The other side of the mountain,
Was all that he could see!

Sing it to the tune of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow"

10:06 AM  
Blogger supergood said...

Hmm, I remember it in the more bookish form that Jessie describes. Maybe, once he'd gone over the first hill, there were only hills to climb?

8:10 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

Kids tracking bears... what about safety! Fairy Stories are so gruesome!

5:49 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

SG, you may be right. But isn't there always a choice?

12:01 PM  
Blogger supergood said...

Perhaps its too early in the morning for this. But maybe, rather being surrounded by hills, the bear is actually surrounded by valleys? I think there are always choices, but often they can't affect the situation as a whole.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

What's the difference between a hill and a valley?
Perspective.

10:27 PM  
Blogger supergood said...

Exackery. Im liking the cut of your jib m'dear!

9:09 AM  

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