Posted on September 8, 2015 | Posted in Short Stories | Leave a response
Once upon a time, there was a shady tree. Underneath this tree, there were two peoples who were being rested. Apparently, there was a merchant with his son who took shelter there. It seems they are exhausted after trading in the city. By rolling out a mat, they sit under the big tree.
Breezy winds made the merchant sleepy. However, not so with young children. “Dad, I want to ask a question…” sound of his son intriguing the merchant with conscious threshold. “When I’m big, Dad? When will I be strong like you, and can bring our merchandise to the city?
“Apparently, the boy continued,” I’m not going to be big. My body lean like mother, unlike father who strapping and have big body. I thought, I will not be able to carry our merchandise if I stay like this. “The finger of his hand was scratching something on the ground. Then he continued,” when would I could have a big body like you, Dad?
His father who originally sleepy, now seemed alert. He picked up a seed, on the ground that was previously scratched by his son. He picked up the seed with the tip of the index finger. It looks like small beans, with a size that is not comparable to a large trader’s hands. Then, he began to speak.
“Son, do not ever be ashamed with your small body. Look at the big tree where we shelter below. You know, this sturdy stem, first comes from the seed that are as small as this. Branches, twigs and leaves, also comes from the seeds that I hold. roots that are protruding, also comes from this seed. And if you dig it, you know, tendrils roots break through the soil, also comes from the same place.
He watched the boy’s face who looked stunned. “You know Son, this seed store everything. The seed holds the stem firmly, branches that shade, leaf width, as well as the roots that are strong. And to be as big as this tree, it just needs the wind, water, and sunlight. But do not forget the time which makes it continue to grow. On them this seed is grateful, because it had trained into being a patient.
“Someday, you’ll be a big boy. Never be afraid to expect to be great, because it could be, it just takes persistence and patience.”
Seen the smiles on their faces. Then both lay down, straighten view into the sky off, imagine the millions of hopes and dreams in mind. Not long ago, they fell asleep, and rest after a long day of work.
shady means filled with shade
underneath means under or below an object or a surface; at a lower place or level; directly beneath
a merchant is someone who works in or owns a retail business and sells goods
shelter is protective covering that provides protection from the weather
exhausted means drained of energy or effectiveness; extremely tired
breezy is abounding in or exposed to the wind ; blowy or windy
intriguing is capable of arousing interest or curiosity
conscious means knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts ; knowing or aware
threshold is the starting point for a new state or experience
merchandise is commodities offered for sale
lean means rely on for support
strapping is muscular and heavily built
scratching means a harsh noise made by scraping
index finger is the finger next to the thumb
ashamed means feeling shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse
sturdy means having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
stem is a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
branches is a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
twig is a small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division); usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year
|leaves||leaves plural of leaf is part of a plant that’s usually green and attached to it by a stem or stalk|
|root||root is the part of the plant that’s underground|
protruding is extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary
tendril are thin organs of plants that wrap around other objects for support
stunned means filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock
firmly means in a secure manner; in a manner free from danger
shade is relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
persistence is the ability to stick with something ; the property of a continuous and connected period of time
|patience||patience is a person’s ability to wait something out or endure something tedious, without getting riled up|