Indian Folk Tales: The Crane’s Walk
The shore of a blue sea was home to a large number of tiny sea creatures like jelly fish, snails, star fishes, eels and shrimps. There also lived a family of crabs among them. The crabs played in the sand all day long and ......
The shore of a blue sea was home to a large number of tiny sea creatures like jelly fish, snails, star fishes, eels and shrimps. There also lived a family of crabs among them. The crabs played in the sand all day long and ate tiny sea creatures.
One day, the mother crab noticed a beautiful crane walking straight with its long and thin legs. “How pretty it looks, walking so gracefully on the sand!” thought the crab to herself.
Suddenly, she saw her son crawling sluggishly towards her. The mother crab got irritated and thought, “The crane is so beautiful and walks so gracefully, and look at my son—he is so clumsy and sloppy.”
The mother crab went to her son and said, “Why do you walk in such an awkward fashion? Can’t you walk straight and gracefully? Now lift all your ten legs and walk properly.”
“Mother, I have never learnt to walk straight. How can I walk gracefully?” asked the crab. “If you try sincerely, you can do anything. Now get up and start walking.” said the mother crab authoritatively.
The poor crab tried really hard to stand straight, but failed every time. Tired and exhausted he said, “Mother, will you show me once to walk straight? Maybe I can learn it from you.”
The mother crab tried and tried repeatedly, but could never manage to even stand straight, so walking was simply out of question. “I guess, nature has gifted different creatures with their unique qualities, and we are best this way,” said the mother crab and hugged her son.
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