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

528- Why Frogs Live in the Mud?

 

St-Takla.org Image: Group of Gazelles, by C. Rudolf Huber - from the book: Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, and Picturesque - Vol. 2 - by Georg Ebers (tr. Clara Courtenay Poynter Bell), 1885. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: مجموعة من الغزلان: غزال، رسم الفنان سي. رودلف هوبر - من صور كتاب: مصر: وصفيًّا، تاريخيًّا وتصويريًّا - جزء 2 - لـ جيورج إبيرس (ترجمة كلارا كورتناي بوينتر بيل)، 1885 م.

St-Takla.org Image: Group of Gazelles, by C. Rudolf Huber - from the book: Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, and Picturesque - Vol. 2 - by Georg Ebers (tr. Clara Courtenay Poynter Bell), 1885.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: مجموعة من الغزلان: غزال، رسم الفنان سي. رودلف هوبر - من صور كتاب: مصر: وصفيًّا، تاريخيًّا وتصويريًّا - جزء 2 - لـ جيورج إبيرس (ترجمة كلارا كورتناي بوينتر بيل)، 1885 م.

Timothy asked his grandma, Why do frogs live in the mud?

In the past, She said, A deer wanted to make a banquet for all the animals and birds. He invited them all save the tiger cause the tiger was his mortal enemy and many animals and birds feared him. All came to the deers house. He got perplexed and asked, Who will head the banquet?

Im the oldest one. The raven said. So I deserve to sit at the table-head.

No, Im older than you. The frog said, Its I who should sit at the table-head.

The frog sat at the table-head and all the others were seated. Before eating, they heard a loud roar. It was the tiger swearing that he would devour all the guests because they went to the banquet and ignored him. They were all afraid. Then, the deer looked to the fox saying, We all know that you can make the tiger calm down. Hurry and go to him before he comes and devour us.

The fox met the tiger who was angry. Thus, he said calmly, Hello, my lord the tiger. Why are you sad today?

The deer invited all the animals but me. The tiger said angrily. Ill go to avenge my dignity.

I wonder why youre sad. Said the fox smilingly. Its because they honor you that they didnt invite you. The deer prepared some herbs and plants. How can he then invite the ruler of the mountains to eat of it? Were all your servants. How can the servants invite their master to such a poor banquet?

Youre right. The tiger calmed down and said. He then went searching for a prey.

The fox returned to the banquet to find no one save the deer. When he asked him about the guests, the deer said, They all escaped fearing the tiger.

St-Takla.org         Image: Mud, from St-Takla.org's Ethiopia visit photos, 2008 صورة: طين، من صور رحلة موقع الأنبا تكلا للحبشة سنة 2008

St-Takla.org Image: Mud, from St-Takla.org's Ethiopia visit photos, 2008 - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org, April-June 2008

صورة: طين، من صور رحلة موقع الأنبا تكلا للحبشة سنة 2008 - تصوير مايكل غالي لـ: موقع الأنبا تكلا، إبريل - يونيو 2008

The fox went searching for them to invite them to return since he did his task successfully. However, he found the frog who headed the banquet diving into the mud and insisting on remaining there and not returning to the banquet.

She said that she did not trust the tiger. He might think again of taking revenge.

Thus, the frog, who wanted to be the leader proudly, descended into the mud by the spirit of fear.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: لماذا تعيش الضفادع في الوحل؟

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Give me the spirit of meekness O Gentle and Lowly in Heart

So that I may flee from timely dignity and not seek worldly glory.

He who seeks the glory of the world, descends into its mud

And is filled by the fear of people not of God.

You are my dignity and glory.


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