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

520- Berry and the Kitten Image: Kitty the cat, coloring. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: القطة الصغيرة، صورة للتلوين. Image: Kitty the cat, coloring.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: القطة الصغيرة، صورة للتلوين.

Norma had bought a kitten for her young daughter Berry. However, Berry found enjoyment in playing with her friends and going out with her mother. It got very cold. Thus, Norma asked her young daughter to stay at home till she returned from the market. Berry felt isolated since she found no one of her friends for they all feared to go out because of the cold. She tried to find any toy to amuse her but found none.

The kitten which suffered from the same feelings looked at her and said, “Beloved Berry, I feel your bitter pains since I live isolated in this house. I’ve no family. Many a time I tried to play with you but you were busy going out with your mother or playing with your friends. Do you allow me to play with you now?”

Before Berry uttered a word the kitten had run towards her. It licked her legs and kindly wiped them with its beautiful soft skin. Berry held the kitten and played with it. They became intimate friends. She found joy in playing with this small animal which no longer left her room. Her heart opened wide not only for the kitten that suffered from loneliness. She also searched among her friends for any child who suffered from the same feelings to be a friend for her and to care for her.

→ English translation of the story here at ميمي والقط الصغير. Divider

My Lord, You are the God of every despised person.

You search for those whom no one searches for.

You are the friend of all who seek Your friendship.

May You be my intimate friend.

May You let me be a friend to those for whom no one cares.