A
couple
of the
senior penguins
tried
to
take
him
under
their
wings
and
coach him.
"Look,"
they said,
"we
like your work,
but
some
of the
elders
are
uncomfortable with your style."
"You
need
to
change
to be
accepted
here."
"Why
don't
you put on a
penguin suit,
so
you
look more like us?"
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"It
doesn't
fit,"
responded Perry
the
Peacock.
"It's
too
tight
and
constraining.
My
tail feathers will
get
crushed
and
my
wings can't move
well."
"/
can't work
if
I'm not
comfortable."
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The
elders said,
"Well then,
maybe
you
could paint your feathers
black
and
white,
like ours."
"Then
at
least
you
wouldn't look
quite
so
different."
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"What's wrong
with
the way I
am?"
Perry asked.
He
was
hurt
and
confused.
"I
work hard,
I
produce great results
everyone
says so."
"Why
can't
you
look
at my
work
rather
than
my
feathers?"
"Aren't
my
accomplishments
more important
than
my
style?"
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"It's such
a
small thing,"
the
penguins responded.
"You
are
smart
and
talented.
You
could have
a
bright future here.
You
just need
to act
more like
us
and
then
the
elders will
be
more comfortable."
"You
need
to
wear
a
penguin suit,
and
soften
your voice,
and
shorten your steps."
"Just watch
all the
other penguins
see how
they act?"
"Try
to be
like
the
rest
of
us."
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