This is a story that parents tell their children at their bedtime. I liked this story very much when I was a child. I had listened to this for many times. Now, after this much years I can still narrate it by heart!
Once upon a time, there was a white goat called Bozee. She was living deep in a very big jungle. And a fox was living near her house. Bozee had three children. They were leading a very happy life together. Sometimes, they would play with rabbits, birds, butterflies, and little sparrows. In summer, they would swim in the cold water of the mountain springs.
One day, Bozee called for her children and said, “ my good children, today I am going down into the valley to get you some fresh food. You have to stay at home and take care of each other. Keep yourselves busy here and don’t open the door to strangers.” The children said, “ ok. Mummy. We will play at home and wait for you to come back.” Then Bozee said bye bye to her children and left.
A few hours later, the fox noticed that Bozee was not home. He decided to go to her home and eat her children. He went to Bozee’s home and knocked at the door: “knock, knock! knock, knock!” The children said, “ Who’s there?” The fox said, “ It’s me. Your mummy. I have got you some food.” The children said, “ No, you are lying. You are not our mummy. Our mummy has a kind voice but your voice is very wild. We will not open the door.” The fox was disappointed. He went back home and changed his voice and went to the children again: “knock, knock! knock, knock!” The children said, “ Who’s there?” The fox said, “ It’s me. Your mummy. I have got something for you to eat.” The children said, “ let’s see your hands under the door.” The fox let them see his hands under the door. The children said, “ no. You are not our mummy. You are cheating us. Our mummy has white hands, but your hands are not white. We will not open the door.” They disappointed the fox again. Again, the fox went back home. This time he painted his hands white. Then, he went back to the children again and knocked at the door: “knock, knock!” The children said, “ Who is there?” the fox said, “ it’s me. Your mummy. I have got you some good food to eat. Open the door my good children. I am very tired.” The children said, “ ok. Let’s see your hands under the door. This time, the hands were white and the voice was kind. The children became happy and said, “ yes. It’s our mummy. She is back. Let’s open the door.” And they opened the door very quickly. But it was not Bozee. Who was there? It was the fox. At last he had cheated the children.
The fox jumped into the room and locked the door from inside. He got the children one by one and ate them all. Now the children were in his big stomach.
It was late in the evening when Bozee came back home. She called for her children but there was no answer. The children were not at home. Suddenly, she remembered the fox: “ may be the fox came and ate my children when I was out. I must go to the fox and take my children back and give him a good lesson.” She went to the fox and knocked at his door angrily. The fox was lying in his bed. She knocked at the door again: “knock, knock!” The fox said, “ Who’s there?” Bozee said, “ It’s me. Bozee. I am here to take my children back and to give you a good lesson.” They then decided to fight each other the next morning.
That night, Bozee took a jar of natural fresh yogurt to the blacksmith and asked him to make two strong iron horns for her. Later, the fox went to the blacksmith and said, “ Make me two strong horns. I am going to fight Bozee tomorrow. I am not going to give you anything now. Tomorrow, I would give you her skin after I killed her.” The blacksmith thought for a moment and made two weak wooden horns for him.
The next day, Bozee and the fox got ready to fight. At first, the fox said, “ok. Bozee. Stay there and let me run and hit you first. Then, I’ll stay here and it will be your turn to run and hit me.” Bozee agreed. The fox went back and forth, back and forth and ran to Bozee and hit her with as much power as he could. But his horns were weak. They broke and Bozee was safe. Then Bozee said, “ ok. Fox. Now, it’s my turn to run and hit you.” Bozee went back and forth, back and forth, tapped her feet and ran to the fox and hit the big stomach of the fox with as much power as she could and cut it wide and took the children out of his stomach.
The children were afraid. They embraced their mummy and said, “ thank you mummy. You saved us. We promise to listen to you always. We will not open the door to strangers anymore.”
Bozee took her children home. They were hungry. She gave them some food first. Then, she began to sing them to sleep with a very good song.
BY: Hassan H.