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

468- Daniel and the Parakeet

 

St-Takla.org Image: Fire ants, ant, lead by example - "Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise" (Proverbs 6:6) صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: نمل ناري، نملة، القدوة - "اِذْهَبْ إِلَى النَّمْلَةِ أَيُّهَا الْكَسْلاَنُ. تَأَمَّلْ طُرُقَهَا وَكُنْ حَكِيمًا" (سفر الأمثال 6: 6)

St-Takla.org Image: Fire ants, ant, lead by example - "Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise" (Proverbs 6:6).

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: نمل ناري، نملة، القدوة - "اِذْهَبْ إِلَى النَّمْلَةِ أَيُّهَا الْكَسْلاَنُ. تَأَمَّلْ طُرُقَهَا وَكُنْ حَكِيمًا" (سفر الأمثال 6: 6).

Daniel celebrated his twelfth birthday and his father gave him a beautiful parakeet. Daniel was very happy with the parakeet. He took care of it, fed it, played with it and was kind with it. Few days later, Daniel was arguing with his mother in a loud voice, and was screaming for no reason. He heard his friend the parakeet saying, Danny, why are you screaming? Be calm and nice.

Daniel was quiet for a while to hear the parakeet repeating what it often said. He said to himself, The parakeet is mimicking my father who often tells me to talk calmly and nicely and not to scream for no reason.

Daniel went to his room, and sat down to think quietly about the parakeets words. Seeing him quiet, his mother asked him, what are you thinking of?

Daniel answered, Im thinking about what the parakeet keeps saying. How can I stop it from saying these words?

His mother said, Be calm and nice in your conversations, then your father will stop saying these words.

Daniel shook his head and apologized to his mother saying, I didnt listen to you or to my fathers instructions but that parakeet taught me an unforgettable lesson.

His mother hugged him, kissed him and said, We all learn lessons from everything even the little ant. Listen to what Solomon the wise says,

Go to the ant, you sluggard!

Consider her ways and be wise,

Which, having no captain,

Overseer or ruler,

Provides her supplies in the summer,

And gathers her food in the harvest.

How long will you slumber, O sluggard (Prov. 6.6-9).

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: دانيال والببغاء.


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