A Small Fable
Once in an estranged village, lived two friends, Sam and Am. Not just your Facebook friends, but real friends, the best of friends. Friends who eat together, play together and laugh together.
Now, one day they went a tad too far from their home and got lost in the woods nearby. They had no idea what to do and started panicking. They couldn’t find anyone in the woods as it started getting darker. All of a sudden Sam heard a sharp scream of Am. It turned out that Am had fallen into a well. Sam got terrified. He didn’t have the wildest clue of what was he supposed to do, as any normal 9yr old kid.
He kept on looking for someone around, he screamed, he searched around, but to no avail. Am was horror-stricken and started crying which was making Sam even more apprehensive. Very soon both the boys realized that they were on their own, and to reach home, they gotta figure something out.
Suddenly Sam saw a bucket lying down nearby. He managed to find some rope—attached it with the bucket—and threw it down the well. He gave everything he could to pull his friend out of the well and kept on trying and failing and trying and again failing. But this didn’t stop him, because he knew he had to get his friend out no matter what.
And ultimately, lo and behold, he managed to rescue his friend out of the well after countless attempts. They reunited and started crying and hugging each other. Now they were a bit afraid with the thought of the potential reprimanding they would get from their parents when they would tell them about their little fable of joy, fear, and courage.
When they went back to their homes, to much of their surprise, nobody in the village believed that a 9yr old will have the energy to pull out an 11yr old from a well and they dismissed their ‘fictional’ story. But there was this one old man, one of the wisest in the village, who heard their story and believed them. Since all the people generally believe what he said, they were awestruck on hearing that he believed in the kids.
So, they decided to quench their curiosities themselves, and confronted the old guy and asked him what’s really going on? The old guy smiled and said, “what is there to ask, the boys told the story pretty loud and clear.”
But the people look confused to which he replied:
“The question is not How he was able to pull his friend, the question is WHY was he able to do it.” It still wasn’t clear to them, and they got more excited to hear the answer. He said, “the only answer to this question is that there was nobody there to tell the child that he can’t do it!”