Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORY When Adversity Knocks

Mary was a young girl. She used to get annoyed with everything. She had a negative attitude towards life.

 

 

 

Once, when she felt that life was unbearable, she asked her father what to do. She told him that if she was able to manage and solve one problem, another one followed quickly.

Her father consoled her and took her to the kitchen. He asked Mary to take a potato, an egg and two spoons of tea leaves. Mary was surprised, and asked her father, “Do you want me to cook?”

“No,” her father said. He then took three vessels and poured one cup of water in each vessel. The vessels were placed on the stove. Once the water started to boil, he dropped the potato in a vessel, egg in the second one and the tea leaves in the third one.

“Why are you doing all these things?” Mary asked, really annoyed with her father. “Just wait fifteen minutes,” said her father. The impatient daughter managed to wait for around 15 minutes.

Father removed the potato from the pot and placed in a plate. He did the same with the eggs. He filtered the tea decoction using a cup.

Now, he placed the two plates, one with the potato and the other with the egg, and the cup of tea in front of Mary. He asked Mary, “What do you see?”“Potato, egg and a cup of tea,” said Mary. “No, you are wrong,” said her father. “Look at it closely and answer me.” Mary replied the same. “Now touch it and answer me.”

The potato was cooked and was soft, the egg was boiled hard, and the tea carried a nice aroma.

Mary couldn’t find the correct answer. Her father said, “The potato was so hard and strong before it was boiled; now it has turned soft and smooth. Also, the egg was delicate but after boiling it became hard. Sip the tea. It is delicious!”

Mary asked, “What does it mean father? I don’t understand!” “Each object responded differently to water. Each object was put under the same kind of circumstances, faced similar adversities, but reacted differently. The potato, when put in boiling water, became very weak. The soft egg became very hard when we put it in boiling water. And the tea leaves are unique. It changed the water itself, giving it a unique flavour and aroma! It gave something new.”

Mary understood that we can create something new and unique even when we experience adversities. So, what are you? A potato, an egg, or a tea leaf? Fromwww.kidsworldfun.com.

 

RIDDLES

 

A boy was rushed to a hospital emergency ward. The doctor saw him and said, “I cannot operate on this boy, he is my son.” But the doctor was not the boy’s father. Who was the doctor?

 

What can run but can't walk?

 

If an electric train is going east at 60 miles an hour and there is a strong wind, which way does the smoke from the train drift?

 

What has a head, a tail, is silver, and has no legs?

 

You live in a one storey house made entirely of redwood. What color would the stairs be?

 

What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?

 

Answers

1.       The doctor was his mom 2. Nose and water 3. Electric trains don't emit smoke 4. A one naira coin 5. There are no stairs, it’s a one storey house 6. Charcoal

 

Did you know?

 

Did you know roosters can't crow without fully extending their necks?

 

Did you know frogs don't usually swallow water, they absorb most of the moisture they need through their skin?

 

Did you know Coca Cola launched its 3rd product Sprite in 1961?

 

Did you know wine is sold in tinted bottles because it spoils when exposed to light?

 

Did you know the average person consumes over a ton of food and drink each year?

 

Kids and health

Are video games bad for me?

Lots of kids love video games. In fact, they like them so much that they might hear something like this from mom or dad: "Enough! Unplug that thing and find something else to do!"

It can be good advice, even if you were just about to crash through to the next level. Why? Too much of anything is just too much. It's true that some studies have shown certain video games can improve hand–eye coordination, problem-solving skills, and the mind's ability to process information. But too much video game playing may lead to health problems.

It's hard to get enough active play and exercise if you're always inside playing video games. And without enough exercise, kids can become overweight.

Really overdoing video games also could affect other important stuff, like friendships and how well a kid does in school. And kids who play violent video games might act more aggressively.

But here's the good news: Playing video games some of the time can be OK. Just choose quality games and limit screen time — which includes TV, computer, smartphone, tablet, and video game time combined — to no more than 2 hours a day.

A good game will be the right one for how old you are. Games are rated like movies and your mom or dad can help figure out which ones you should use. If you can choose one that gets you up and moving, that's even better.

You might challenge your mom, dad — or even your grandma — to swing the bat in a game of baseball or try out some fancy moves in one of the dancing games. Could your grandma be a dancing queen? Time to find out! From.www.kidshealth.org.

 

Quiz

1.       The highest mountain in the world is?

 

2.       The largest coffee growing country in the world is?

3.       The biggest desert in the world is?

 

4.       The largest ocean in the world is?

 

5.       Where in the world did the first industrial revolution take place?

 

Answers

1, Mount Everest 2. Brazil 3. Sahara desert 4. Pacific Ocean 5. England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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