the wise village elder

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

this is a story of how a wise village elder solved a problem.

Submitted: July 15, 2018

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Submitted: July 15, 2018



The two women were arguing so loudly that the whole village could hear them. The village elder came out to see what the matter was. Two women were holding onto the arms of a young child. They were each pulling him to themselves. The village elder quickly asked the two women to let the child go. "Why are the two of you doing this?" he asked. They both replied at the same time, "He's my son!" Each woman insisted that she was the mother of the child.


The village elder thought for a while. Then, he said that he would be able to solve the problem. The two women were happy to hear this and agreed to listen to him. The village elder said that since the child was too young to tell him who his mother was, and each woman had insisted that she was the mother, the only way out of this problem was to share the boy. He then ordered someone to bring out a long sword so that he could cut the child in half. One of the women immediately pleaded, "Please don't do that. I'm willing to give up the fight as long as the boy is not harmed." The other woman did not say anything. The village elder immediately told the first woman, "You are the child's mother."

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