The next day he again went and asked for his ball. The wild man said, "open my door," but the boy would not.
We must acknowledge that in folk lore, myth, etc., 7 days can actually be 7000 years. This can be seen in the Christian Creation Story.
In this sense, we don’t know exactly how long the time was between visits to the Wild Man. It could of been next day, but, more likely, it was a few years before the boy went back.
One way to think about this is to remember all those times in which we got older and received more freedom. The freedom was wonderful, but the responsibilities that come with it tend to weigh heavy on us at first. This is the point in which many people might dream of being younger again. As they say:
Don’t be so quick to grow up.
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