It’s lunch time. The sun is high and after a long days walk Edwin the tortoise sets about to find the perfect partner to share his green head of cabbage with.
He comes across little Ivan, who’s mother had speared a few insect ‘sosaties’ onto his back in the morning. He would rather eat those than that probably very warm head of cabbage in the high sun… No, his soon to be ‘biltong’ sosaties sound much more delicious to him!
Edwin walks on to find a thickly padded Sarah munching from a bright yellow bucket. Hes offers his green head of cabbage up for sharing, but the reply is a slimy munching staring sheep. Sarah obviously doesn’t seem to care much for his wonderful green head of cabbage….
“Oh yes I’d like a bite of that!” Edwin hears someone say and feels a sudden tug off the top of his sturdy shell. “Stop it!” shouts Edwin. “I will not be sharing my lovely green head of cabbage with a naughty, stinky Goat animal like you!” he mumbles and hurries along in search of a true match. Suddenly a mischief of mice cross his path, rolling some crisp looking red apples. Edwin wonders if the little mice wouldn’t mind sharing an apple or two with him if he offers them some of his green head of cabbage sitting securely on top of his shell… But they must be in an awful hurry, because before he can even pose the question down their hole they disappear.
The sun was hot and Edwin’s tummy was grumbling. He was hungry. He knew though that he would not be able to finish his whole green head of cabbage by himself and needed to find someone who was hungry too. So as he rustled through the pale ‘veld’ he found and poked his head into a cool rabbit’s burrow… “Is anyone there?” he calls, “I have a whole green head of cabbage that needs to be shared with somebody who is as hungry as I am!”. A soft little rabbit comes creeping out sniffing the cabbage-scented air. She gratefully agrees to share the green head of cabbage with the hungry tortoise, explaining that she had finished eating her bitter carrots days ago and was very hungry indeed! “I haven’t had such a wonderful-looking green head of cabbage in a very long time!” the rabbit exclaimed.
So at last, Edwin could unload his green head of cabbage, neatly cut it through the middle and share it with a soft but hungry little rabbit with an equal love for green leafy – albeit warm – heads of cabbage.
© Heidekind 2012