Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORY The Lazy Dreamer

Once, in a small village, there lived a poor Brahmin. He was very learned, but did nothing all day. Every day he lived on alms the villagers gave him.

 

 

 

 

 

One day, as usual, the Brahmin got up in the morning and set out to beg for alms. As he went from door to door, people gave him several things. Some gave him dal.

Others gave him rice and yet others gave him vegetables. But one generous lady gave the Brahmin a large measure of flour. 

“Ah! What good luck. I will not have to beg for alms for a long time," thought the Brahmin to himself. He went home and cooked his lunch. After he had eaten, the Brahmin put the flour into a large mud pot and hung it near his bed.

“Now, it will be safe from rats," he said to himself as he lay down in his cot for an afternoon nap. He began to think, “I will save this flour until there is a famine.

“Then I will sell it at a very good price. With that, I will buy a pair of goats. Very soon, I will have a large flock of goats. With their milk, I will make more money.

“Then I will buy a cow and a bull. Very soon I will also have a large herd of cows. Their milk will fetch me a lot of money. I will become very wealthy. I will build for myself, a huge palace and get married to a beautiful woman... Then we will have a little son.

“I will be a proud father. In a few months my son will start crawling. He will be mischievous and I will be very worried that he may come to some harm. I will call out to my wife to take care of him.

“But she will be busy with house work and will ignore my call. I will get so angry. I will kick her to teach her a lesson like this..."

In the process the Brahmin threw out his leg and hit the pot of flour hanging overhead and it came down with a resounding crash, spilling the flour all over the dirty floor.

The lazy Brahmin realised that his foolishness and vanity had cost him a precious measure of flour. The laziness and foolishness taught him a lesson. Thereafter he lived an active life. From

RIDDLES

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?

I am an object, I cry without a voice, flutter without wings, and bite without teeth; who am I?

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

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know China is the largest producer of garlic, producing over 10 million tons in 2008 and accounting for over 75% of world output?

Did you know India is the world’s largest producer of bananas, producing nearly 22 million tons in 2007?

Did you know the average apple contains around 130 calories?

Did you know banana plants are not trees; they are a type of herb?

Did you know mushrooms are a fungus, and unlike plants do not require sunlight to make energy for themselves? Fromwww.sciencekids.co.nz.

KIDS AND HEALTH

Taking Care of Pierced Ears

Pierced ears may look pretty, but you need to take good care of them or things can get ugly! When you first get your ears pierced, leave the earrings in until your ears are completely healed. If you don't, your holes could close up.

You'll also want to prevent infections in your newly pierced ears. Wash your hands before touching your pierced ears. Applying rubbing alcohol also can help keep germs away. With an adult's help, soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and apply it to both sides of the hole (with the earring still in your ear). Then twirl the earring several times to make sure the alcohol gets in and around the earring post.

If you think one of your pierced ears may be infected, tell your mom or dad. An infected earlobe may be swollen, red, warm, and painful, and it may ooze a fluid called pus. Don't wait for it to get better by itself. From http://kidshealth.org.

QUIZ

1.                   In which State of the federation is Vandeikya local government located?

2.                   How many local governments are in Abuja?

3.                   The head of a local government in Nigeria is called?

4.                   The process that ushers in a new local government administration is called?

5.                   Commissioners are to states as who are to federal government?

Answers

1.       Benue 2. 6 3. A Chairman 4. Election 5. Ministers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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