|"What a joke (1) thought the hare, as he stood on the starting line of the five-kilometre race. He sneered at his opponent. The tortoise stood there, calm and unaffected.|
"On your marks, get set, go (2)" shouted the beaver. At that, the hare took off like a rocket on his long, strong legs. The tortoise heaved himself up onto short, squat stumps and settled into a gentle amble.
After about hundred metres, the hare stopped and looked back through the dust. He could not even see the tortoise. Suddenly, he spotted a shady tree to the right of the path. "It looks so inviting. It can't hurt to have a little nap here," he thought (3) That slow old fool doesn't have a chance against me."
|Bernard was waiking home alone one dark night when he heard footsteps behind him. Before he could turn around to see who it was, he was hit on the head and everything went black.|
Bernard awoke when someone shook him (1) vigorously. The person untied him and he stumbled blindly out of the van. He was dragged roughly into a (2) dilapidated building. Part of the roof had caved in. He was pushed into a room. Bernard removed his blindfold and gag and saw that there was only one piece of furniture in the room. The floor was filled with dust. He could hear low voices outside and (3) inched closer to the door. He strained his ears but could (4) barely hear anything. After a while, there was (5) absolute silence.
|A long time ago, there was a princess who lived in the land of Magawa. The princess was exceptionally beautiful so she turned down all the men who came to ask for her hand in marriage. The princess then stated that she would marry the suitor who managed to bring her a live elephant. The other members of the royal family tried to convince the princess to make her choice an easier one as elephants were very rare. However, the princess was very stubborn and refused to heed their advice.|
Therefore the King sent out word to the people in his kingdom. The news spread far and wide. The tortoise at the village square, who always wished he could marry the princess, soon heard about it and decided to give it a shot.
One of the tortoise's long-time friend was an elephant. The tortoise looked up his friend and told him that the land of Magawa would soon be celebrating their annual coming-out ceremony for all the young ladies in the community, including the princess.
The elephant decided to 'attend the joyous occasion and they set off immediately. However, the tortoise was soon lagging behind. Upon seeing his friend's struggle, the elephant stooped low to let the tortoise mount his back. When the crowd saw the tortoise riding triumphantly into the village on the elephant's back, they were amazed! They could not believe that anyone could easily find an elephant, capture him and bring him alive into the city just to marry the princess but the tortoise seemed to have done that and more. He practically rode into the city on the elephant's back.
The tortoise bowed to the King and said, "Your highness, here is the elephant I have brought to ask for the hand of your daughter in marriage."
The king then looked over at his daughter. The princess had dressed for a great "coming-out" ceremony and was not prepared to be married to the short, poor, ugly tortoise. He could see that she looked very unhappy and unwilling.
The people cheered and applauded at what was unfolding. The arrogant princess was going to be numbled by the marriage to the tricky, short and ugly tortoise.
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|I first met Benjy in 1965. A store owner was putting a sign above his door that read ''Puppies For Sale". Signs like that have a way of attracting children, and sure enough, I appeared under the store owner's sign. "How much are you going to sell the puppies for?" I asked. The store owner replied, "Anywhere from $30 to $50."|
I reached in my pocket and pulled out some change, "I have $2.50. Can I please ook at them?" I requested.
The store owner smiled and whistled. Out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging behind. Immediately I singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, 'What's wrong with that little dog?"
The store owner explained that the veterinarian had discovered that the little puppy did not have a hip socket) It would always limp. It would always be lame. I became excited and told the store owner that it was the puppy that I had wanted to buy. The store owner disagreed and said that he would rather give that dog to me instead.
I got quite upset. I looked straight at the store owner's eyes, pointing my finger and said, "I don't want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as alt the other dogs and I'll pay the full price. In fact, I'll give you the $2.50 now and $1 a month until I have him paid for." The store owner countered, "Do you really want to buy this little dog? He's never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies."
To this, I reached down and rolled up my pants to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. I looked up at the store owner and replied softly, "Well, I don't run well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!"
I managed to convince the store owner who allowed me to take Benjy home. My parents did not think much of my plan of keeping a lame puppy and they were unwilling to pay for it. I could see that the only problem here was money. Getting my way this time was not going to be easy.
That was fifteen years ago. Benjy slept on my bed every night and we had long and meaningful conversations. In fact, Benjy was largely responsible for my decision to pursue a career as a veterinarian. When my new hospital opened its doors, my parents brought Benjy to me. He looked horrible. He had become quite ill that week. I did a thorough check on him and was forced to a bitter conclusion. You see, I have been in the practice long enough to know when a situation was hopeless.
It seemed fitting that in the new hospital, Benjy was the first dog whose suffering we should ease. We had the last of our long conversations before he fell asleep gently in my arms. Farewell, Benjy.
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