They pushed the food aside. “We can get something at the burger place after school,” Raman said. They concentrated on studying for their English test instead of eating. English was next period, and Mr. Frank had a reputation for giving difficult tests. When the bell rang, they dropped their uneaten lunches into the garbage. Mr. Frank was standing nearby. “Not hungry, guys?” he asked. They shook their heads and hurried off to class.
- When the test was over, there were still ten minutes left in the period. Mr. Frank stood at the front of the class.
- “Before you leave today,” he said, leaning against the desk, “I’d like to share an old African folktale with you. I think you’ll find this one interesting. It’s called ‘Why the Sky Is Far Away’ :
- Long ago the sky was close to the Earth. Men and women did not have to plant their own food. Instead, when they were hungry, they just reached up and broke off a piece of the sky to eat. Sometimes the sky tasted like ripe bananas. Other times it tasted like roasted potatoes. The sky was always delicious.
- Early one morning the angry sky turned dark. Black clouds hung over the land, and a great sky voice said to all the people, “You are wasting my gift of food. Do not take more than you can eat. I don’t want to see pieces of me in the garbage anymore or I will take my gift away.”