Judging from comments we get from you, you look forward to reading our short stories. Before the arrival of social media, mobile phones, television and the like, our ancestors used to read and listen to stories quite frequently. Parents would read bedtime tales to their children or around a log fire after dinner, so it’s no wonder that we still have a fascination for story-telling even though we prefer to see them on television or the big screen nowadays.
There is something in our collective memory which attracts us to stories and tales which is probably due to hidden desires and needs as well as a way of disconnecting from our day-to-day problems. We seem to turn off and be taken to a fantasy world where all is possible. Our dreams are very much the same. Scientists have discovered that an element of fantasy and dream time are essential for our health. In some way, they say, they help us to remain somewhat sane in this difficult, crazy world.
Well, here’s a story that we’re sure you’ll like. Its hidden message looks at adversity and how it can test the sincerity of friends.
THE TRAVELLERS AND THE BEAR
Two friends were travelling on the same road together when they encountered a bear. Without thinking about his companion, one of the travellers, a nimble fellow, climbed up a tree in great fear and hid himself.
The other realised that he had no chance to fight the bear single-handed, so he threw himself on the ground and pretended to be dead, for he had heard that bears will never touch a dead body. As he lay there, the bear came up to his head, and sniffed his nose, ears and heart, but the man remained still and held his breath.
Finally the bear was convinced that he was dead and walked away. When the bear was out of sight, the man in the tree came down and asked what it was that the bear had whispered to him, for he had observed that the bear had put his mouth close to his friend’s ear.
“It was no secret,” the other replied. “He merely told me to watch out for the company I keep and not to trust people who abandon their friends in difficult times.”
Happy English learning!!