The old woman and the pumpkin

Pumpkin story

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This humorous story is retold to us by Mashal, whose native language is Dari.  Mashal lives in Afghanistan and is in 8th grade.  We asked him to tell us one of his favorite Afghan stories. 

     IN old times there was an old woman. She lived in a forest and she had a daughter, but her daughter was grown and lived in her husband’s home.  The home was very far away. One day she wanted to go to her daughter’s home. She made a gift for her daughter and she left to go to her daughter’s home.  

     She walked and walked and, suddenly, she saw a wolf in her way. The wolf said, “I want to eat you!” The  old woman said, “Don’t eat me! I am going to my daughter’s home. There I will eat food and I will be fat. You should eat me on the way home.” 

     The wolf said, “O.K.! Go!”  

     The old woman walked and walked and, suddenly, she saw a lion in her way. The lion said, “I want to eat you!”  The old woman said, “Don’t eat me! I am going to my daughter’s home. There I will eat food and I will be fat. You should eat me on the way home.” 

     The lion said, “O.K.! Go!”  

     She walked and walked and, suddenly, she saw a tiger in her way. The tiger said, “I want to eat you!” The  old woman said, “Don’t eat me! I am going to my daughter’s home. There I will eat food and I will be fat. You should eat me on the way home.”  

     The tiger said, “O.K.! Go!”

     So the old woman went to her daughter’s home. Her daughter was preparing a pumpkin to cook.  The woman said, “My daughter, the animals in the forest want to eat me.”  

     The daughter said, “I am preparing a pumpkin, but we will not eat it. We can use it to cover you.   

     After a happy time with her daughter, the old woman said it was time to go home.  The daughter put the pumpkin over her mother and said, “Now you can go home.”  

     She walked and walked and saw the tiger.  The tiger said, “Tell me, did you see an old woman?” 

     The pumpkin said, “No!” 

     The tiger said, “O.K.! Goodbye.”  

     She walked and walked and saw the lion.  The lion said, “Did you see an old woman?” 

     The pumpkin said, “No!”  

     She walked and walked and saw the wolf.  The wolf said, “Did you see a old woman?”  

     The pumpkin said, “NO!” and hurried to her house. 

     When the old woman got to her house she took off the pumpkin and ate it.  This is how the old woman saw her daughter and didn’t become dinner.  —Retold by Mashal

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