The straw, charcoal and the pea
A long time ago there lived a poor grandmother. “Today, I will make a dish out of peas.” Grandmother prepared to light the oven furnace with firewood and straw. “Ouch, Ouch” “Oh my goodness.” As soon as the peas were poured into the pot, each one cried out.
Just then, when the grandmother wasn't looking one pea jumped out of the pot and rolled in front the straw. “Whew! I made it. But where am I?” The pea whispered to himself.
Right about then, a lump of charcoal that was burning in the furnace made a small cry and flew out. “Gosh! This is hard” The charcoal squinted his eyes and wiped his sweat away.
The straw first questioned the pea. “Pea, how did you get here?” “From grandmother's pot, just as the fire was being lite up to cook me and my friends, I ran away” The pea proudly boasted.
Next, the straw asked the charcoal. “How did you get here?” “With all my strength from the pot, I just barely got out.” Charcoal replied weakly.
When the straw heard this, he poured out his heart too. “My fate is similar to yours too. All my brothers went into the fire, but luckily I slipped out through the fingers.” “Oh I see!” “Really?” The pea and the charcoal each said a word and nodded.
Charcoal said in a worried voice. “What should we do now?” “Since, we all escaped luckily let us live together in this strange land.”
In hearing pea, charcoal and straw thought for a moment. “What should we do?” “I think we should do what the pea said.” So, the pea, charcoal and the straw decided to leave that place.
It hadn't been long since they left when they came across a stream. “How can we cross the stream?” “There's no stepping stone, if only there were some logs.? “We can't go back, can't there be a better way?” They stared at one another and worried.
The Old Tombstones
There once was a wealthy family in a small town. One day, all the family got together in their living room. They were talking about an old stone in the garden. The children loved to get on the stone. Some young ladies stopped them from getting on the stone because it was a tombstone a long time ago.
"That tombstone was from a monastery." "Oh my! It is for Mr. and Mrs. Preven."
They were the last people who were buried in the cemetery of the monastery. They were the oldest people in the town. People thought they were rich, but they lived simply. They were also nice people.
The couple was always sitting on the bench in front of their house. And they always gave people warm greetings. Everyone in the town just loved them. The old couple treated poor people very well too. They gave them food and clothes. But the wife passed away earlier than the husband.
The old man cried loudly out of sadness because life without his wife was so lonely. He was very happy when he got married. But now, his wife was dead, and he was too old. That is our life and destiny! Time is supposed to go by.
After a little while, their tombs were moved to a different resting place. Their tombstone was sold to people. That's why Preven and Marda's tombstone is in the family's garden.
Now, there is a road on the place where the old couple's graves were laying. But people forgot them a long time ago as everything is forgotten as time goes by. The tombstone glows under the moonlight.
A Cheerful Temper
A long time ago, there was a young man named Billy. Billy inherited the warm and good characteristics of his father. "My father had such a good personality. He was the horse-keeper of a funeral carriage."
"No matter how hard the work was, he always smiled. I got the habit of visiting the church cemetery from my father and of reading the newspaper, too."
"He said reading the newspaper would help my studying a lot. Sometimes, I take a walk to the church cemetery by myself. I learned a lot from my father." One day, he saw a tombstone while he was walking down to the church cemetery. "The man who was buried right here was miserable before he died."
"Even though he had a good job and made enough money for living, he got angry easily. Maybe he was too narrow- minded. For all of his entire life, he worried and got angry, then he was buried here." Billy went to another grave and saw another tombstone.
"This man right here was happy before he died, I guess. He was from a good family of high class. He spent his life enjoying everyday." Billy got close to the other grave and saw its tombstone.
"The man under this tombstone makes me sad. He spent all of his life hoping to come up with one extraordinary idea. One day, when he had the wonderful idea, he died from the shock. Maybe he is not resting peacefully even now."
Next, he came to another grave and saw the tombstone. "A very stingy woman lies in this grave. She used to tell her neighbor that she was raising a cat, but she just made the noise of a cat 'Mew, mew'. Maybe she was the stingiest woman."
He stopped in front of another tombstone and looked down. "In this grave, a young lady from a good family lies. She used to sing a song whenever she was at a party, but she sang the same song every time." He walked to the next grave.
"There is a widow here. She always said good things with her mouth, but she said bad things in her mind. She used to visit from house to house and say bad things about her friends and neighbors."
"Whoever was buried and stayed in their own caskets without moving a finger, then, they will be born again with good personalities. Some day, when the time to end my life comes, I will write down this on my tombstone, 'A Man with Good Personality'."