Thursday, 30 August 2012
Time for a story again. A story from Simon's book of life.
Once upon a time, not too long ago, a boy was wondering about a lot of things, and just as boys do all over the world, he thought the answers lay somewhere else.
He thought that on the other side of the mountains, life was better, people were kind, and the trees full of sweet fruit.
He thought that on the other side of the sea, the sun was warmer, the rainbows would be showing often, and he could find his answers at the feet of a rainbow.
He began his voyage on a September day. The boy crossed the sea; crossed the hills and mountains, wanting to reach the rainbow and the setting sun.
Was becoming tired and asked the first passerby along the road.
'Can you tell me which road I take to reach the rainbow?' Asked the boy.
'Go that way.' said the man, 'follow this road, turn left and you will find the rainbow.'
Very happy, the boy went further , but no rainbow was to be seen, and it was getting dark. He felt the chill of the approaching night, and found himself tired and starving.
He asked again, another passerby. 'Do you know the road to the rainbow?'
'Yes.' Said a lady, but the answer was very different from the first man to whom he had asked directions for the road.
He was confused now. 'I would like something to eat.'
He asked again another who passed. 'Okay.' Was their answer 'I can give you a job, so you will be able buy something to eat. '
The boy agreed, and in the morning began working, to earn food.
Later, when was beginning to become dark, he thought he also needed a place to sleep, and he asked once more. 'I would like to have a place to sleep.' Yes, of course.' Was the answer 'I can give you more work to do, so you will have a place to sleep".
The boy stayed there many months, and saved some money, so he could travel further to discover his goal, still seeking to find the rainbow where the answer was written about the secret of life.
He moved on from this place, and while crossing the third village, half way up the hill, he asked for directions.
'That way to the east.' Said someone. 'No, to the west.' said someone else.
After awhile he became tired again, and he asked for work which would allow him to pay for food, drink and shelter.
There, he made friends, and he worked and worked, but was slowly forgetting about the rainbow, and about his goal to know the answers to the secret of life.
'I should go again.' He sometimes said to his friends. 'No, don't go, stay with us, we need you.' And he stayed .
He got married. After, some children were born. He (as they say) settled down, and forgot the reason he started his travels.
Time passed. He was becoming older; his hair had turned the color of snow, and he needed glasses to read the newspaper.
One day when he was walking on the main road, alone, and was day dreaming: his deep thoughts turned to his rainbow, which was when he saw a little boy, walking. The boy was covered in dust and only his dark eyes were shining.
'Sir.' said the boy. 'Can you show me the road to reach the rainbow?'
The old man looked at boy, and he remembered. He remembered the same question he'd asked so long ago, which had never been answered.
'Come, I will go with you.' Said the old man to the boy, and they went in the direction of the setting sun.
No one saw the old man again, nor the boy.
The people of the village say that, since that day, the sun is a little more bright at the time of sunset.
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