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IMPRESSION of 'my' ANIMAL FORESTwithmy own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybugcopyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dovephotos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

my own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybug
copyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dove
photos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

An * after a word means you can find an explanation under the fable
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 the centipede can become smoother again? Stiffness takes so much energy. And do you know how to move in a flow instead of by fits and starts?
Thanks in advance!
The dragonfly and the centipede”.

It took a while before they were answered but they knew that the ladybug was very busy and constantly on the move. But then they heard after all:
“Hello lovely dragonfly and centipede.
I am very busy with practicing and touring and in fact, I do not know it either.
I always go to the cheetah when I get stuck.
Lots of love,
The ladybug”.

“O”, said the dragonfly and the centipede, who were in awe by the cheetah but understood that he would be able to know about suppleness.
The sheep came walking by and they asked him for advice.
“But you just put one leg before the other?!”, said the sheep sheepishly. Only when it dawned on him that there was a real problem there, he was immediately totally willing to address the cheetah, because when someone might have an answer for you, then you should just ask. So he explained to the cheetah that the centipede would like to be unknotted.
“OK, fine”, said the cheetah, “come and see me a few times, then we will do some exercises and talk it over”.

After a few full moons, the sheep asked the centipede if he was able now to smoothly put one leg before the other.
“Now I can”, said the centipede, “the cheetah taught me, how I, with good thoughts, can make the proper valuations and after some exercises to learn to really feel it, it now goes fairly well by itself”.
“There you are”, said the giraffe, who was also visiting, “a little bit of thinking, a little bit of feeling, and stir that in the proper proportions. And if there’s a moment, that it does not work out, then you go and ask somewhere”.
“A 5th leg*”, pondered the sheep, who considered moving as something obvious, nothing to think about, but a 5th leg, that’s what he was still looking for, “will this also apply to a 5th leg?”
“I suspect”, said the giraffe, who was not quite sure, because when can one be totally sure of anything, “that this might belong to the exceptions”.

*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

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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 out with the last details for this translation.

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