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Story Time

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We all have unique gifts, we are all valued and needed.

 

The sad earthworm.

 

Once upon a time there was an earthworm.

Often he was just lying there, feeling sad to be only an earthworm.

Why can’t he be a bird or a fish or a human being.

Each being seems to be able to do something special, each being seems to be worth more than just a simple earthworm.

One day a girl came by. She saw the worm and picked him up. He felt worried and thought that was the end of his life.

Instead the girl put him into a jam jar. There was soil and some leaves, actually it was quite comfortable even though a bit small.

The next day the girl took the worm to school. She was asked to stand in front of class to deliver an essay.

With astonishment the earthworm heard the girl talk about earthworms.

How earthworms live, how important they are and that they do something unique.

To make fertile soil out of leaves and dirt.

They are the earthworms which make make sure that constantly new things can grow in fertile soil.

And when the girl released the worm later that evening back into the garden, he was the happiest worm in the world.

 

 

I love the short stories of Tania Konnerth.

This story is translated and retold by me. Taken from the book

“Aus der Schatzkiste des Lebens” by Tania Konnerth

Today is …. #15

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…a day to share a story.

The Leaf and the Tree

story by Tania Konnerth

retold by Ute

It was a normal Summer’s day.

The big tree has stood there for decades and its branches swayed in the wind.

He suddenly heard a sad sigh.

He listened carefully and heard another one.

It came from his own crown so it must be one of his leaves.

He looked among his leaves and saw a small unhappy leaf on one of the smaller branches.

He asked: “My dear leaf what is the matter?”

Surprised the leaf almost blushed.

“Oh nothing, I am just sad.”

“But why?”

“Because I feel that I am worth nothing. I am only a very tiny leaf among thousands. I don’t mean anything to you.”

“Oh, you are totally wrong there.” The tree spoke rather loudly as he was excited.

“You are the only leaf, that can grow at this special spot. If you were not exactly there, there would be a hole. I would not be complete without you. You make me to what I am. “

The leaf blushed  – out of joy.

And this joy lasted until Autumn, when it changed into beautiful colours in competition with all other leaves.

I love that story.

I have read more of Tania’s stories to my mum and we loved them so.

You can read more wonderful stories in Tania Konnerth’s book, in German.

Tania’s Website.