Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORY The camel, the deer and the horse

Long, long ago, when animals could talk, the camel had antlers and a long, thick, beautiful tail.  So the camel was very proud of himself, and he always showed off his beautiful and magnificent antlers to the others.

 

 

 

 

 

One day, the camel went to drink at the nearby river. A deer came then out of the woods, bowed to him, and said rather sadly: “I was invited to a party tonight, but how can I go there with such a bare forehead? Even if it is just for one hour, I wish to go with such beautiful antlers as yours. Dear friend, couldn’t you lend me your antlers for tonight? I’ll return them tomorrow, when you come here to drink.”

The camel, though he was a little vain, had a good heart and took pity on the poor deer’s bald head. So he took his antlers off and gave them to the deer, saying, “Well, tomorrow when I come to drink you must return them to me.”

The deer quickly took the antlers and disappeared into the woods. On his way, he met a horse and told him how he had got his antlers.

The horse, who had also been invited to the party, thought he would like to find a nice body decoration, too. He then went to the camel and asked him to give him his tail. The kind-hearted camel trusted the horse and gave him his tail.

The next day, the camel went to the meeting point as agreed. While waiting, he was drinking water and stretching his neck to see if the deer and the horse would come. But none of them showed up. Many days and years have passed since then, and the poor camel has still not got back his antlers nor his tail.

Because he drank too much water while awaiting the deer and the horse, the camel has got a hump full of water; and because he stretched his neck gazing long and hard for the deer and the horse, his neck has grown long.

The horse kept his tail but, whenever he sees the camel in the distance, he runs away.

As to the deer, he also kept his antlers, but he has to change them every year because the luck of having antlers did not belong to him but to the camel, and he only got them by betraying the camel. From http://www.shortkidstories.com.

RIDDLES

What has one foot and no legs but carries its house?

What is the tree that we all carry in our hand?

How do you spell hard water with only three letters?

A man walks into a bathroom shoots himself on the head. Later he walks out unharmed. How did he survive?

What flies without wings and cries without eyes?

A construction worker fell off a 100 foot ladder but didn’t die. How is that possible?

Answers

1.A snail 2. Palm 3. ICE 4. He shot his reflection on the mirror 5. Clouds 6. He fell off the bottom rung

 

 QUIZ

1.A person who loves and strongly supports his country is known as?

2.A place where two rivers meet is called?

3.A group of owls is known as?

4.June 12 would henceforth be celebrated in Nigeria as?

5.The name Abiola is mostly associated which day?

Answers                                             

1.A patriot 2. A confluence 3. A parliament 4. Democracy Day 5. June 12

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know leading a sedentary lifestyle with prolonged sitting can build up excess fat around your internal organs?

Did you know Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine?

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

Did you know Hilton was the first international hotel chain?

Did you know Iceland consumes more Coca Cola than any other country?

KIDS AND HEALTH

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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