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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

403- A Friendship between a Frog and a Snake

 

A girl came to me asking for an advice, Im in love with my cousin but my father doesnt like his brother. He requested that I dont see or talk to his nephew. Should I listen to my father's advice? What did my cousin do to me so that I do not talk to him?

The girl was torn between her and her cousin.

I remembered the old African story about Why the small frog does not play with the small snake? it is a symbolic story.

One day, while the young frog was jumping amongst the grass, enjoying the worm beautiful sun rays, he noticed a long animal whom he never saw before. He continued to jump towards the snake, and said to him, Hello!

St-Takla.org Image: An albino Burmese python (photo 5) - Animal Day 2017, Dublin, Ireland - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, May 14, 2017. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: ثعبان بورميس أمهق (صورة 5) - من صور يوم الحيوانات 2017، دبلن، أيرلندا - تصوير مايكل غالي لموقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت، 14 مايو 2017.

St-Takla.org Image: An albino Burmese python (photo 5) - Animal Day 2017, Dublin, Ireland - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, May 14, 2017.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: ثعبان بورميس أمهق (صورة 5) - من صور يوم الحيوانات 2017، دبلن، أيرلندا - تصوير مايكل غالي لموقع الأنبا تكلاهيمانوت، 14 مايو 2017.

Hello!

What are you doing here?

Im enjoying the sun.

Whats your name?

Im a newborn snake.

Do you want to play with me?

Thank you I feel lonely. I need a friend to play with.

The young frog started leaping and the small snake started following here with his eyes. The little frog asked the snake, Can you jump like me?

The snake answered, No, can you teach me how?

They both began to teach each other how each one walk. They both spent wonderful time. Feeling hungry, they went home. The little frog went to his mother, trying to creep on her belly.

What are you doing, my baby?

I learned how to creep from my good friend the little snake.

Did you say snake?

Yes mother my dear friend, mother.

The mother was mad and said to her, You fool, didnt you know that there is an old animosity between me and his mother? Never again play with him. He will suddenly open his mouth and swallow you.

The little snake tried to jump so his mother said to him, What are you doing?

I learned from my friend the frog how to jump. We spent the whole day very happy together. He is a beautiful friend.

The mother was surprised and said to her son, how stupid you are! Frogs are food for us.

The little snake became very upset; tears came from his eyes and said, Is it possible that one day I swallow my friend!

Next day, the snake refused to play with the frog and the frog was afraid to come near the snake each one dreaming of that wonderful day they spent together.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: صداقة بين ضفدعة وحية!

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We think that the young are the cause of trouble but practically speaking, the adults are the cause of the trouble for the young. They inherit our mistakes.


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