There were two warring tribes in the Andes, one
that lived in the lowlands and
high in the mountains. The mountain people invaded the lowlanders one day, and as part
of their plundering of the people, they kidnapped a baby of one of the lowlander families
and took the infant with them back up into the mountains.
The lowlanders didn't know how to climb the mountain.
They didn't know any
of the trails
that the mountain people used, and they didn't know where to find the mountain people or
how to track them in the steep terrain.
Even so, they sent out their best party of fighting
men to climb the mountain
and bring the
The men tried first one method of climbing and
then another. They tried one
trail and then
another. After several days of effort, however, they had climbed only several hundred feet.
Feeling hopeless and helpless, the lowlander men
decided that the cause was lost, and
they prepared to return to their village below.
As they were packing their gear for the descent
they saw the baby's mother
them. They realized that she was coming DOWN the mountain that they hadn't figured out
how to climb.
And then they saw that she had the baby strapped to her back. HOW COULD THAT BE?
One man greeted her and said, "We couldn't
climb this mountain. How did you
when we, the strongest and most able men in the village couldn't do it?"
She shrugged her shoulders and said, "It wasn't your baby."
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