The Sad Mango Tree

Short story by Putu Felisia
Narrator Ilona Joline Surjorahardjo
Music Illustration by Ketto  

There were three trees in Mr. Tam’s garden. A Mei the adenium tree, Gugu the guava tree, and Mang Mang the mango tree. A Mei was very beautiful. Although she was tiny, she had a few silky leaves and many pink flowers. Mr. Tam often used her flowers for offerings.

Gugu was taller than A Mei. His flower was not as pretty as Ah Mei’s. But Gugu could grow many sweet fruits. Gugu’s fruit is red and soft. Mr. Tam’s loved to share Gugu’s fruit to his neighbor. He also said that Gugu’s fruit could be used as dengue fever medicine.

How great were they, weren’t they? How about Mang Mang? Well, poor Mang Mang did not have beautiful flowers. He also did not grow some fruits. Because of this, Mang Mang always sad everyday. Ah Mei and Gugu gave him such as motivation, but Mang Mang keep his sadness. He frustrated, why a mango tree can not grow mangoes, he thought. He also afraid if someday Mr Tam did not like him anymore, so Mr. Tam would cut him down.

But Mr. Tam never do that. He just let Mang Mang grew. Day by day, Mang Mang was getting bigger and taller. Although there was not mangoes on him, Mang Mang had many branches and leaves. The branches and leaves made a leave’s canopy. This canopy made Mr. Tam’s garden cooler when summer was come.

“Mr. Tam let you grow becaude of this, Mang Mang,” said Ah Mei.

“True. Do you know, without you, this garden will be very hot and uncomfortable?” Gugu told Mang Mang.

Today, Mang Mang is more happier. He might not had flowers, or fruits. But he had a comfortable canopy to protect his friends.

Glass Shoes

Short story by Putu Felisia
Narrator Ilona Joline Surjorahardjo
Ilustrasi Musik Ketto  

It was believed, beautiful girl with the most wonderful glass shoes would be married by the prince. Every girl in the entire kingdom took care of their beauty. They afraid of sunlight, because it could make their skin tanned. They also tied their feet, because they believed, the prince would choose the girl with the tiniest feet.

There was a girl, who lived in tailor village. Her name was Della. She loved to go around the forest, looking for ingredient to make some colors. Her job was giving colors to the clothes.

Do you think Della was pretty? No, she was not as pretty as another girl. Her skin pretty darker, because her activity in the forest. She also had not tiny feet. Therefore, Della did not bought glass shoes. She also made a simple dress to attend the royal ball.

Della parents did not happy because of this. But they could not force Della to buy a pair of glass shoes.

“Mother, the glass shoes is very expensive,” said Della, “I think, it will be better if I saved the money. So I have enough money to study coloring in the Royal University.”

So Della went to the ball with a pink primrose dress. The prince interested with Della. The girl looked very different among many glamorous girls. Specially, Della thought was similar with the prince.

The prince held Della’s hand. He asked her to be his bride. But Della just shooked her head, “I am so sorry, Your Highness,” she said, “For me, the most important thing is to reach my dreams. And I think I am too young to get married.”

The prince surprised. But he admired Della’s answer. So that he decided to wait Della.