“Now how does it really work?”, the dragonfly asked the butterfly, one balmy summer evening when they were sitting on a reed stalk, pensively looking out over the water.
“What?”, asked the butterfly. “And why would it not have been real until now?”
“Oh, sorry,” said the dragonfly and gasped for a bit more air, “I mean, do you really not mind that the cockatoo is away so often?”
“So why”, asked the butterfly, “is everybody thinking that I would mind?”
“Well,” said the dragonfly, “you know. They say that when you’re a couple, you do everything together. Or at least go to sleep each night together in your own house.”
“That’s indeed what a lot of couples do,” said the butterfly, “but that does not mean that’s the only way.”
“Oh”, said the dragonfly, who needed to be silent for a moment, because feeling stifled and uptight took her breath away.
“So”, said the dragonfly when she gained some air and new thoughts again, “if you don’t do it like everyone does, then how do you know that it’s okay and that you won’t get … fooled.”
“That’s called trust”, said the butterfly.
“Trust”, echoed the dragonfly, but it made little sense to her.
You can continue reading in my book with fables that is published by BoekScout and can be found in their webshop.
The book is bilingual: Dutch-English and is titled:
HOE HET ZO GEKOMEN IS / HOW IT ALL CAME TO BE
psychologische fabels / psychological fables
*As in all fables, the stories mirror human behaviour. Through the animals’ characters, we actually look at ourselves and our society. The fables are contemplative, yet vivid and quite humorous.*
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