I love to read short stories. Better still if they are fables with moral punch lines. Animal characters that are featured in the fables who are super, super naughty and got their dues seem to go well with my grandchildren.
The hare who reached the finish line long after the tortoise had crossed it and the wolf in “sheep clothing” who got whacked by the farmer, according to my grandchildren, got what they deserve. After all you don’t go around calling other animal a “slow-coach” or attempt to deceive other animals by masquerading as one of them!
The mother crab who wants her children to walk properly when she herself can’t do it deserves to be called out for her unreasonable demands.
Do I sound like if I have capitulated to the ethos of modern times? That there are different perspectives to everything. Hmmm … seems like I have.
We are living in a world where tablet rules. Young children have access to classics on youtube. But still some of them fall short … to the one that we can narrate … the power of words to spark the imagination … the pauses that enhance the anticipation … and the endless possibilities. So when I retell the fables during their bedtime rituals I try to make sure that the stories have exciting and acceptable embellishments. Otherwise how do I get their attention?
So how does the chilli crab dish got into this post? Heh … heh … Just coincidence … plain coincidence. I bought home a couple of crabs for the evening dinner and the sight of the crab prompted the request. “Nenek. Can you tell us the story about the crab and his mother?”
Sure. Why not. So you see why I need an arsenal full of short stories?
And for you who like to make chilli crab for dinner here is my recipe. Just put a lot of love when you are cooking the dish. It will turn out alright.
Have a delicious dinner. … And Bon Apetit!