FABLE: The Best Friends’ Dinner

A long time ago in Bembaland, Chipaso the Grasshopper and Bombwe the Toad appeared to be good friends. People always saw them together. Yet they had never dined at each other’s houses. One day Bombwe said to Chipaso “Dear friend, tomorrow come and dine at my house. My wife and I will prepare a special meal. We will eat it together.”

The next day Chipaso arrived at Bombwe’s house. Before sitting down to eat, Bombwe washed his forelegs, and invited Chipaso to do the same. Chipaso did so, and it made a loud noise.

“Friend Chipaso can’t you leave your chirping behind. I cannot eat with such a noise,” said Bombwe. 

Chipaso tried to eat without rubbing his forelegs together, but it was impossible. Each time he gave a chirp, Bombwe complained and asked him to be quiet. Chipaso was angry and could not eat. Finally, he said to Bombwe: “I invite you to my house for dinner, tomorrow.”

The next day, Bombwe arrived at Chipaso’s home. As soon as the meal was ready, Chipaso washed his forelegs, and invited Bombwe to do the same. Bombwe did so, and then hopped toward the food.

“You had better go back and wash again,” said Chipaso. “All that hopping in the dirt has made your forelegs dirty again.”

Bombwe hopped back to the water jar, washed again, then hopped back to the table, and was ready to reach out for some food from one of the platters when Chipaso stopped him: “Please don’t put your dirty paws into the food. Go and wash them again.”

Bombwe was furious. “You just don’t want me to eat with you!” he cried. “You know very well that I must use my paws and forelegs in hopping about. I cannot help it if they get a bit dirty between the water jar and the table.”

Chipaso responded, “You are the one who started it yesterday. You know I cannot rub my forelegs together without making a noise.”

From then on, they were no longer friends

Moral Of The Story

“If you wish to have true friendship with someone, learn to accept each other’s faults, as well as each other’s good qualities.”