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High & Low

Posted by Claudia Moser on 6:33 PM in ,


Today I received plenty of confirmations, I realised that my work is appreciated and valued and I am grateful for this!

And I remembered a wonderful story, the tale of the strawberry by Jorge Bucay:

A king went to his garden and discovered that his trees, bushes and flowers were dying. The Oak told him that was dying because it could not be as tall as the Pine. Turning to the Pine, found it fallen because could not give grapes as the Vine. And the Vine was dying because could not blossom as the Rose. The Rose cried because could not be as tall and solid as the Oak.

Then he found a plant, a Strawberry, blossoming and fresher than ever. The king asked it:

—How do you grow so healthy in the mist of this withered and somber garden?

—I do not know. Perhaps it be because always I supposed that when you planted me, you wanted strawberries. If you would have wanted an Oak or a Rose, you had planted them. At that time I said to myself: "I will try to be Strawberry the best way I can."

Now back to my lovely coffee and reading!

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13 Comments


Very cute story! So simple isn't it?


@Barb - it is not so easy, but you can try :)


What a perfectly delightful story, Claudia! I've not heard that one before. I'm so pleased to hear your day was a good one! And why shouldn't it have been? You're a lovely person...all of your days ought to be good ones :)

I hope Peter is going very much better this week!


I meant to say, I hope Peter is DOING very much better!!!


@Desiree - yes, thank you! Peter is doing better. And you are so supportive, thank you! I wanted to share with you all my good day :)


It's great to get some credit for what you do!
A cute little story about the Strawberries.

Have a lovely evening!


Claudia, I love your stories. They're always deceptively simple, yet make me think.


Nice! Very nice! :-)


@Eva - yes it is, just to enjoy the brief moment!
@Sarah - Bucay is an amazing story teller, I just transmit his ideas! Thank you!
@Kathi :)


I love your stories :)


I used to compare myself to others all the time. I don't do that any longer. I'll just bloom where I'm planted and be the best strawberry I can be. :)


A powerful story.


@Luan - I am doing my best to find something challenging to read :)
@Belle - you are the best strawberry :)
@Rick - thank you!

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