Adventure #1 : Papoe and Baby Grasshopper
On a beautiful afternoon, Papoe is walking under the tree to keep him cool. He enjoys walking around the riverbed but he makes sure he never cross the river because his mommy once said that he might not be strong enough to cross it.
Papoe is thinking of taking a swim because the day is so beautiful but before he gets to the water he hears a cry. He looks everywhere, wondering who cries in such beautiful day.
He sees a baby grasshopper on a big rock.
“Why are you crying?” asks Papoe.
The baby grasshopper startles and jumps back, “oh no! A turtle!” he looks more terrified than before and cries louder.
Papoe is so confused. “Why are you crying even louder than before?”
“You’re a turtle!” answers baby grasshopper, “You’ll eat me!” he resumes his cry.
Papoe looks puzzled, “should I eat you? Do you taste good?”
Baby grasshopper stops crying and starts thinking, “hmm…I don’t know, I never eat myself.”
Papoe looks at him thoroughly and said “You don’t look tasty to me!”
“But…but…Mama said that turtles eat grasshopper…so I must look tasty to you!” says baby grasshopper.
“Okay then if you persist, I will eat you now,” says Papoe. Papoe moves forward and opens his mouth.
“Oh No!! What have I done,” thinks the baby grasshopper, “I shouldn’t have said that.” Baby grasshopper begs to Papoe “No, don’t eat me. I lied, I taste horrible.”
“ha ha ha ha,” Papoe laughs so hard. “I was joking, I am not going to eat you but you kept saying you taste good so I teased you a bit.” Papoe winks at baby grasshopper. “I never ate a grasshopper before, my mommy only lets me eat vegetables.”
“Fiuh..” baby grasshopper sighs in relieve.
“Where’s your home?” asks Papoe.
“There…across the river. I saw a leaf floating on water and decided to jump onto it. Before I knew it, the leaf was carried away to this side of the river. Can you help me get back home? Asks baby grasshopper.
“I would love to, but mommy told me NEVER to cross the river because it’s dangerous,” answers Papoe.
“Oh please Mr. Turtle…please help me,” begs baby grasshopper.
“I am so sorry. I really can’t help you,” Papoe walks away.
Baby grasshopper cries again. Papoe has no heart to leave baby grasshopper like that. He keeps thinking what he should do. Then, something sets so clear in his mind. He walks back to baby grasshopper’s rock.
“Okay, hop onto my back. I will carry you across. But you must promise never to tell anyone that I swim across the river! Says Papoe.
“I promise Mr. Turtle,” baby grasshopper wipes his tears away.
“Call me Papoe,” says Papoe, “ what’s your name?”
“Alang,” answers baby grasshopper.
Thus for the first time in his life, Papoe swims across the river. He is so small that no one can see him swimming with a little grasshopper on his back trying to hold still. Papoe swims harder than he ever swims before. Fortunately the stream is not so fast that day.
“Here we are,” says Papoe. Alang jumps from Papoe’s back.
“Thank you Papoe,” says Alang, “I will never forget your kindness.”
“Don’t mention it,” answers Papoe with a smile on his beak, “I must get back now or mommy will be very worry. Don’t go hopping on a leaf that floats on river again, Alang. Hope you’ll get home safely.” Papoe waves at Alang and starts swimming back to his side of the river.
When he arrives home, he is so tired and sleeps for hours. That has been a tiring adventure for a turtle his size.
- Picture of baby grasshopper is borrowed from yhsbiology
- Picture of the river is borrowed from Jeff’s Travel