Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORY Foolish imitation

Long ago, a hawk lived on top of a hill. At the foot of the hill there was a banyan tree on which a crow used to perch every day. The crow was very foolish. He would imitate everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

The hawk atop the hill would fly down every day in search of food. The crow watched the hawk circling in the air for long hours and swooping down when he saw his prey. The hawk gifted with eyes that could see long distances would spot his prey from the hill top and then fly down to pounce upon the prey.

The crow watched the hawk thinking, “Hunh! If the hawk can do that, I too can. What does he think? One day, I will show the hawk that I can do the same thing."

A few days later, as the hawk was circling in the air, the crow decided to do the same. Suddenly a baby rabbit came out of the bushes. The hawk saw it and the crow too saw the rabbit.

Before the crow could move, the hawk swooped down, caught hold of the rabbit in his strong sharp talons and flew away. “Swoosh!" was all the crow heard as the hawk disappeared in the sky with his prey. “Hmmph! That is no great skill," thought the crow, angrily.

Next moment he spotted a big fat mouse coming out of a hole. Without wasting time, the crow swooped down. Like the hawk he tried to catch the mouse in his claws.

But the mouse saw the crow and moved away, the crow crashed against the hill. “Eeeaaa!" cried the crow in pain.

Just then the hawk came flying down. “I hope, now you know it is not easy to hunt and it is not easy to imitate, either," said the hawk and flew away.

Thereafter, the crow never imitated any one in its life. It lived happily with the god-given abilities.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know in Moscow weathermen can be fined for inaccurate weather forecasting?

 

Did you know 85% of plant life is found in the ocean?

 

Did you know fire usually moves faster uphill than downhill?

 

Did you know if you get water flowing fast enough, it can cut metal?

 

Did you know strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside?

 

QUIZ

1. A watch maker is known as?

 

2. Who is a stenographer?

 

3. Automobile engineers are to cars what aeronautic engineers are to?

 

4. Whose services are employed to repair a leaking roof?

 

5. A children doctor is known as?

 

Answers

1. A horologist 2. A person specialized in short hand writing 3. Airplanes 4. A carpenter's 5. A Paediatrician

 

RIDDLES

If I drink, I die, but if I eat, I am fine. What am I?

 

Throw away the outside and cook the inside, then eat the outside and throw away the inside. What is it?

 

What word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

 

What travels around the world but stays in one spot?

 

What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment and never in one thousand years?

 

What has 4 eyes but can’t see?

 

If I have it, I don’t share it. If I share it, I don’t have it. What is it?

 

Answers

1.      A fire 2. Corn 3. Short 4. A stamp 5. The letter M 6. Mississippi 7. A secret

 

KIDS AND HEALTH

What happens when you're scared?

Have you ever wondered why being scared makes your heart beat faster and makes you breathe quicker? The body's reaction to fear is called the "fight or flight" response. And people have had it since the beginning of time.

Here's how it works. Imagine you're a caveman or cavewoman living 100,000 years ago — and you come face to face with a hungry saber-toothed tiger. You have two choices: 1) Run for it (that's flight), or 2) pick up your club and battle the tiger (that's fight). A final choice (be eaten) doesn't seem like such a good one!

Today, you can apply fight or flight to that bully who confronts you and won't listen to reason. You have two choices: 1) Turn and walk away (flight), or 2) fight, even though you know fighting won't solve the problem.

To prepare for fight or flight, your body does a number of things automatically so it's ready for quick action or a quick escape. Your heart rate increases to pump more blood to your muscles and brain. Your lungs take in air faster to supply your body with oxygen.

The pupils in your eyes get larger to see better. And your digestive and urinary systems slow down for the moment so you can concentrate on more important things. Fromm.kidshealth.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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