Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORIES Bad habits

 

 

 

 

A wealthy businessman was worried about his son’s bad habits. He sought counsel from a wise, old man. The old man met the man’s son and took him out for a stroll. They walked into the woods, and the old man showed the boy a small sapling and asked him to pull it out. The boy did so with ease, and they walked on.

The old man then asked the boy to pull out a small plant. The boy did that too, with a little effort. As they walked, the old man asked the boy to pull out the bush, which he did. The next was a small tree, which the child had to struggle a lot to pull out. Finally, the old man showed him a bigger tree and asked the child to pull it out.

The child failed to pull it out even after trying several times, in different ways. The old man looks at the boy, smiles and says, “So is the case with habits, good or bad”.

Moral: Bad habits are hard to get rid of once they have settled in our system. It is best to get rid of them early on.

Good company, bad company

Two parrots built a nest in a banyan tree. They lived with their two young ones, which they took good care of. The mother and the father parrot went out to gather food in the morning and came back home by evening. One day, when their parents were away, the young parrots were taken by a cruel hunter.

One of the birds managed to escape and flew away from the hunter. He ended up at a hermitage and grew up listening to kind words and compassion. The hunter put the other parrot in a cage, and soon it learned a few words and phrases. The hunter and his family were crude and didn’t care much about kind words.

One day, a passer-by was resting outside the hunter’s hut. Sensing someone outside, the parrot said, “Fool, why are you here? Fool! Leave! I’ll cut your throat”. Scared, the traveller went away, and on his journey, he reached the hermitage where the other parrot was. The parrot at the hermitage spoke, “Welcome traveller. You are free to stay here as long as you want”.

Surprised, the traveller told the parrot that he encountered a similar parrot elsewhere and it was very cruel. How is that you are so kind?” The parrot replied, “That must be my brother. I live with the sages, and my brother lives with hunters. I learned the sage’s language, and my brother learned the hunter’s language. The company we keep decides who we will be”.

Moral: Keep good company if you want to be a good person.

 

QUIZ

1.Who is the Minister of FCT?

2.Who is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation?

3.What is the name of the Calabar International Airport?

4.Gusau is to Zamfara what Ado Ekiti is to?

5.What national holiday does Nigeria celebrate on 1st of May?

 

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1, Malam Muhammad Bello 2, Mr Boss Mustapha 3, Margret Ekpo International Airport 4. Ekiti state 5. Workers day

RIDDLES

What cries without a voice, flutters without wings, and bites without teeth?

What falls but never breaks?

It happens four times in every week, twice in every month and once in a year, what is it?

What cannot be used except it is broken?

What is tall in the morning and short at noon, disappears at night, but comes back soon after?

What has an end but no beginning, a home but no family, and a space without room?

Answers      

1. Wind 2. The night 3. The letter ‘E’ 4. An egg 5. A shadow 6. A keyboard

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know a group of rhinos is called a crash?

Did you know a group of kangaroos is called a mob?

Did you know a group of whales is called a pod?

Did you know a group of geese is called a gaggle?

Did you know a group of owls is called a parliament?

 

KIDS AND HEALTH

Dos and don’ts on how to care for your fingernails

Fingernail care: Dos

To keep your fingernails looking their best:

  • Keep fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals.
  • Practice good nail ygiene. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve.
  • Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.
  • Apply a protective layer. Applying a nail hardener might help strengthen nails.
  • Ask your doctor about biotin. Some research suggests that the nutritional supplement biotin might help strengthen weak or brittle fingernails.

Fingernail care: Don'ts

To prevent nail damage, don't:

  • Bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
  • Pull off hangnails. You might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.
  • Use harsh nail care products. Limit your use of nail polish remover. When using nail polish remover, opt for an acetone-free formula.
  • Ignore problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn't seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation. From www.mayoclinic.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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