The Son and the Picture of a Lion
Once upon a time, there lived a very timid–mindedfather in a town. He was always worried that his sonmight get hurt. The son was brave and lovedhunting, but his father prevented his son fromhunting everyday.
One night, the father dreamed of his son beingpursued by a lion. After he woke up, he thought, ‘I should not leave things like this.‘ The fatherbuilt a strong wooden house for his son because he believed his son would not be in danger ifhe locked his son in the house.
The father brought pictures of animals to his son’s room so that the son would not get bored. The father even stuck a picture of a lion on the wooden wall. However, the son felt stuffy aboutjust staying home.
One day, the son vented his anger on the picture of a lion. “You bastard! I cannot go outsidebecause of you! Why did you appear in my father’s dream and torture me?” The son hit thepicture with his fist.
Right then, the wooden wall broke down and a thorn got stuck in his hand. The son tried totake it out, but it did not come out easily. Due to the thorn, the wound enlarged and theinflammation worsened.
After a few days, the young son died from the wound. The father who tried to shut his child inlost his child because of his actions.