Huff & Puff – June Commentary

Do you ever “huff and puff’?  Is this question relating to breathing heavily with exhaustion, or is it expressing annoyance in an obvious or threatening way?  In life, we huff and puff when winded or short of breath, from wheezing or feeling done-in; even spent or exhausted.  Often, despite much huffing and puffing about the “bus” service, traffic, or government policy, nothing happens.  Recall the wolf in “The Three Little Pigs”?  The mother pig sent her three little ones out into the world to make their own way.  Each built their own shelter.  The wolf traveled the lane where each lived, and smelling the little pig inside, pounded on the door, “Let me in!  Let me in!”  Each pig yelled, “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin!”  The wolf was annoyed, declaring “Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in!”  He blew in the straw house, the wood house, but not the brick house (where all 3 were finding refuge).  The wolf lost his frustrating endeavor after bounding up the roof and climbing down the chimney, where he fell into a huge pot of boiling water in the fireplace.  Whether weary from exhaustion or expressing annoyance, we never know when fear is going to come knocking, or pounding, on our door.

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