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THE LADYBUG WAS SITTING IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE. He hardly ever did that, since he was away so often, traveling to perform his art: moving to music. But now he was home, enjoying sitting on his bench in the sun. Suddenly, he heard some buzzing. The mosquito came flying by.
‘Oh, no’, thought the ladybug, ‘I so much dislike that sound. It’ll only end up in something being buzzed around about me that’s only half true or not at all’.
Earlier, he used to be bothered a lot by that, because what’s not right, is not right and should not go around the world as true. But then again, there’s no way that you can straighten it all out again. So now he mostly found it weird, because what’s not right, is not right and the animals who did not know him, were now to think the oddest things about him.
“What’s with the angry face?” said the mosquito and whispered in the horn:
“The ladybug sits in front of his house and looks angry.
Who has he been quarreling with today?”

“Hello mosquito”, said the ladybug, who thought it to be nicer to stay polite, “I am not angry and I did not quarrel. I have a frown because I was pondering on something”.
“Boring”, said the mosquito and flew away.
The dragonfly came flying by.
“Hey, ladybug. I come to see how you are doing”, puffed the dragonfly, not only from being a bit uptight, but also because she had been hurrying, “I heard through the horn that you are angry, but that’s not like you, is it?”
“Yes”, said the ladybug, “indeed. It’s not that I’m angry, I was only pondering. The mosquito just buzzed it wrongly, creating fake news”.
The sheep came walking by.
“Ladybug”, he advised, “being angry is of no use, just relax and go on. That’s what I always do when again I did not find a 5th leg * ”.
“But I am not angry”, said the ladybug, “I wish the mosquito would stop!”
“Yes”, said the sheep in his own way, “if it’s not correct what he buzzes around, he’d better stop. This way, everybody gets confused”.
The hornet came flying by.
“What’s the hullabaloo”, he prickly said, “are you angry now again, ladybug? The horn also just said something like that. What a fuss, can’t you do a little less?”
“I am not angry”, said the ladybug, “I only had a frown from pondering but now after all of this, I have tears in my eyes of frustration”.
The dragonfly and the sheep gave the ladybug a big hug.
The hornet flew away.
“Way too sappy”, he mumbled, and “there’s always something with that ladybug”.
The giraffe came along. He had heard what the mosquito had been buzzing and now saw the ladybug being moved to tears, needing to explain over and over again that it was not right what the mosquito was saying.
‘Quite a puzzle’, thought the giraffe, ‘to not be deceived under freedom of buzzing by buzzers as the mosquito, who never questioned if something really is what they think it seems to be. That was more like buzzing for buzzing’s sake, only to be on top of the buzz list. Information or deformation, that’s the question’. But the giraffe estimated that the mosquito wouldn’t understand this or wouldn’t want to.

*5th leg….
In Dutch we have a saying: I search a sheep with 5 legs; meaning you are looking for a person who is very versatile in their talents, asking the (almost) impossible combination of competences.
This is first mentioned in the fable SIMPLY

This fable is inspired by reading the article that Wentworth Miller (actor/writer/producer) wrote on his Facebook page to speak out about how it feels to be haunted by the paparazzi.
The article is called SNAPSHOT and can be read here. Wentworth Miller recently unpublished his personal page, but a Went Archive was made on Facebook, so all his posts can be read there.

I’m caught by the animal stories by the Dutch author Toon Tellegen and when I gave one of his books away, I let that present be accompanied by some own writings in this style. That’s how my own fables came to be, with animals and characters of my own, but inspired by the books of Toon who set the tone. Perhaps a new parallel universe of his animal forest will develop here 🙂

A part of those fables has been published in ‘Mensaberichten’, in those days the club magazine of the society Mensa Nederland.

Thank you Marita Sporrong with helping me with this translation.

One thought on “UNDERSTANDING

  1. A quiet rainy day and I enjoyed reading your fable. The Giraffe gets it! Diana was called the “People’s Princess” and was very accessible to the papparazzi. She married so very young into such an “established” dynasty. People felt sorry for her and got more and more interested as to her future after she divorced Prince Charles. I remember seeing after she died all her gowns on display in Atlantic City years ago. The cost of those gowns must have been in the millions. We should all be as wise as your Giraffe! 😊 😊

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