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

505- A Story from the Space: A Child in the Spaceship


The child Joseph loved reading. After praying and reading the Bible, he used to read one of the childrens scientific or literary books. He was obstinate with his mother thinking that obeying her would weaken his character. No, was always on his tongue to be said even before listening and thinking of what she was saying. Joseph knelt down asking God to grant him the spirit of true love and obedience to his mother.

Joseph held a volume of the childrens encyclopaedia, concerning the space. He could not stop reading since he knew much about the space, the planets especially the Moon and the spaceships which went to the Moon. He knew also that, in the near future, he would spend the summer holidays on the surface of the moon. Image: A man looking at a map of Space and planets صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: رجل ينظر إلى خريطه الفضاء، الكواكب Image: A man looking at a map of Space and planets.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: رجل ينظر إلى خريطة الفضاء، الكواكب.

He went on reading until he fell asleep and the book fell down. Mother entered the room silently and switched off the light. Joseph had a long dream in which he was driving a spaceship going to the Moon. He was looking down to the earth as it became smaller and smaller beneath him until it became like a small drop. He approached the Moon and felt the light of the Moon reflected on his face. On the moon, he saw two beautiful eyes looking and a mouth smiling at him. He looked at the Moon with his heart dancing with happiness. He suddenly opened his eyes to find his mother looking at him with kind eyes and a cheerful face. He embraced her joyfully realizing that she was the Moon which shone with joy and delight.

Why were you looking at me thus Mum? He asked after some minutes.

If I am not concerned with you, with whom shall I be concerned! She answered, I saw a big smile on your face so I stood to look at your happy face for a time until you opened your eyes and embraced me.

→ English translation of the story here at طفلٌ في مركبة الفضاء. Divider

If you give man a mother to care for him,

To fill his life with joy and to shine before him as the Moon,

How much do You care for me then O the Sun of righteousness?

In You, I find all love and delight.

You are the perfect beauty.

In you is my satisfaction.

You are my love and the joy of my heart.