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Children’s Story

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My three year-old daughter, Kira, very often asks me to tell her stories. She’ll say, Dad, tell me a story. (We speak Lithuanian together.) I’ll ask “About what?” She will always name two or three animals, usually a mouse, giraffe and monkey. But earlier this week she asked for a surprising animal: an owl.

An owl? Yes, an owl. Along with whom? Hmm…she thought. A monkey and a mouse.

Okay. Once there was an owl who claimed she knew how to tell a story in which nothing ever happened to anyone in a place that doesn’t exist. A mouse and monkey were very curous about this story, so they took a trip to the owl’s house to hear her tell it. When the monkey and the mouse arrived at the owl’s home (it was very far away, in a deep part of the forest), the owl greeted them happily and treated them to a delicious dinner.

Well, said the owl, chewing a drumstick, It’s so nice to have guests. Why did you come?

We want to hear the story in which nothing ever happens to anyone in a place that does not exist.

Really?

Yes, said the mouse. To be honest, we don’t believe it’s possible to tell such a story.

Don’t you? Well, I suppose I’m forced to tell it then.

We’re very curious about it, said the monkey.

Very well, said the owl. Once there was an owl who claimed she knew how to tell a story in which nothing ever happened to anyone in a place that doesn’t exist. A mouse and monkey were very curious about this story, so they took a trip to the owl’s house to hear her tell it. When the monkey and the mouse arrived at the owl’s home (it was very far away, in a deep part of the forest), the owl greeted them happily and treated them to a delicious dinner.

Well, said the owl, chewing a drumstick, It’s so nice to have guests. Why did you come?

We want to hear the story in which nothing ever happens to anyone in a place that does not exist.

Really?

Yes, said the mouse. To be honest, we don’t believe it’s possible to tell such a story.

Don’t you? Well, I suppose I’m forced to tell it then.

We’re very curious about it, said the monkey.

Very well, said the owl. Once there was an owl who claimed she knew how to tell a story in which nothing ever happened to anyone in a place that doesn’t exist. A mouse and monkey were very curious about this story, so they took a trip to the owl’s house to hear her tell it. When the monkey and the mouse arrived at the owl’s home (it was very far away, in a deep part of the forest), the owl greeted them happily and treated them to a delicious dinner.

Well, said the owl, chewing a drumstick, It’s so nice to have guests. Why did you come?

We want to hear the story in which nothing ever happens to anyone in a place that does not exist.

Really?

Yes, said the mouse. To be honest, we don’t believe it’s possible to tell such a story.

Don’t you? Well, I suppose I’m forced to tell it then.

We’re very curious about it, said the monkey.

Very well, said the owl. Once there was an owl who claimed–

Dad! Kira interrupted me, shaking her head. This isn’t a story!

No? What it is then?

She thought about it, grabbing her ear. I don’t know, she said. I think it’s nothing.  

Are you disappointed? Would you like a different story?

Yes.

About what?

She thought about it. She was suddenly smiling with mischief. I want a story about an owl, she said.   

 

One thought on “Children’s Story

  1. Absolutely wonderful. I think the two wolves who frequent the stories I tell my daughters may know this owl.

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