CHOOSING

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CHOOSING

IN THE RIVER THAT RUNS THROUGH THE FOREST, THE GUPPY WAS SWIMMING. The stingray swam by and greeted him.
“Hello”, said the stingray, “I am the stingray. Who are you?”
“I am the guppy”, said the guppy.
“Nice to meet you”, said the stingray, who was finally learning how to keep a conversation going.
“OK, then I’ll reveal this”, said the guppy, inspired to do the same, “I am plugged in. In fact, I do not live here”.
“O”, said the stingray, “I do not live here either. I live in the depth of the ocean”.
“Then”, said the guppy, “you must have asked yourself the question”.
“Which question?” asked the stingray.
“Well”, said the guppy, “what the Continue reading

TOGETHER LOOKING FORWARD

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TOGETHER LOOKING FORWARD

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THE ANIMAL FOREST WAS ALL STIRRED UP, SINCE IT WAS COLD. Not just a bit cold. Very cold. The dragonfly gasped for breath because she was stiff from the cold. The sheep was always sensitive to her lack of breath and he was happy that this time, it was not caused by emotions, so he could help by offering the dragonfly a little space between the lush woollen curls of his fur. Also winter was no big deal to him. Just leave your curls a little longer and the cold will not bother you. Sometimes it seemed to him that life would be complicated if you were not a sheep, but then again, he did not quite know what complicated was, so he did not really bother.
“Hello”, heard the sheep with the dragonfly in his fur. They looked up.
“Hello”, squeaked the dragonfly a little uptight but certainly not unfriendly. You ought to Continue reading

FUN-FEAST WITHOUT FOOLING

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FUN-FEAST WITHOUT FOOLING

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THE PACK DONKEY PLODDED THROUGH THE FOREST. He never was one of the swiftest but right now, he seemed slower than ever. Each year, when the dark days of winter were coming, the pack donkey disguised himself. He wore a red suit, trimmed with white fur, a buckled black belt and he even put a matching hat on his head. To be really unrecognizable, he also attached a long white beard. The young animals were always eagerly awaiting his arrival, because always he was heavily loaded with packages for all tastes. But the story also told, that he took naughty animals away with him to a far and barren place. So they were at the same time happy, but also a bit scared. *
“What do you want from Continue reading

KNOWING

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KNOWING

THE GARDEN WARBLER WAS VERY BUSY. Brooming, cleaning, sorting and packing, and so on.
“Oh dear”, said the dragonfly, who flew by, “just the sight of you being so busy makes me feel uptight. I do a little bit in my house every day, never all at once”.
“But I’ll be on my way”, said the garden warbler, “it’s time to go South”
“Oh, yeah”, said the dragonfly, “you are always gone during winter. What have you got against the winter?”
“Well, it’s just that we always leave”, said the garden warbler, “that’s how we live. And I must say, that one time in the fall when I couldn’t get away, well, I experienced a winter here, and then I knew right away why we always leave!”
“What’s so bad about it then?” asked the dragonfly. Continue reading

THE MOMENT

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the moment

the moment

She had lost her grip. She lifted up her eyes and thought: where does my help come from. But she turned them down again, dizzy. Lost my grip, how often didn’t people say that? And how often was it so true as it was now.

Where does my help come from? Such an old, long forgotten sentence came to mind. Now, now that she had lost her grip. Psalm verses popping up in critical moments: was religion in the end proving to be something essential? They say it’s never too late to convert, but to be actually doing that now, would be Continue reading

UNKNOTTING

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UNKNOTTING

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THE CENTIPEDE WAS ALL IN A KNOT. His gait wasn’t smooth at all.
“Hey, centipede”, said the dragonfly watching him stumble along, “also a bit stiff today?”
“Yes”, sighed the centipede, “I seem to put every foot wrong, these days”.
“I met the ladybug the other day”, said the dragonfly, “you know, he who knows how to move so beautifully to music! Maybe he can help you with suppleness”.
And that’s how it came to be that the dragonfly and the centipede whispered in the horn:
“Dear ladybug,
Do you know how Continue reading

PUZZLING

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PUZZLING

THE OTTER WAS POTTERING IN THE REED. He had the sensation that he was being watched, but that did not prevent him from blazing his own trail. This time, it was a preset course that he needed to find, because he participated in the yearly quiz walk in the animal forest. That was difficult enough because not for nothing had the bear won last year. He had been the best in answering the difficult questions, and now he had had come up with the difficult questions himself. The otter had to count reed stems, had to know through which water he was wading and what the red signs meant at the waterside. That, he knew. Then there were no inflatables permitted (whatever that would be) or sometimes it said: Continue reading