Saturday, April 11, 2009

Once there was a tree and a young boy. The boy played under the tree; he would swing on its branches and eat its fruit. The tree was a real friend. The boy grew older....and the tree was often alone.
One day, the boy came back. Tree smiled and said

'Come and swing in my branches and eat my fruit, play in my shade and be happy.'
'I'm too big, I want money to buy things and be happy.'
The tree replied,' Take my fruit and sell it then you will have money and be happy.'

The boy became a man.... he returned to the tree which shook with joy.
'Come and swing in my branches'
I'm too busy. I want a house to keep me and my loved ones warm. Can you give me a house?'
'You can cut my branches to build a house.'

Many years passed and the boy became an old man....he returned and the tree was very happy and begged him to play.
'I'm too old and sad to play. I want a boat to take me very far from here.'
'Cut down my trunk and make a boat and then you can sail away and be happy.'

When the boy returned he had become a very old man.
'I'm sorry but I have nothing left to give you. I am just an old stump.'
I don't need very much now. Just a quiet place to sit and rest.'

'Well an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come, sit down and rest.'

So the old man did. And the tree was very happy.

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