The Legend Of The Blind Man And The Hunchback

Once upon a time, there were two very good friends who were born handicapped. One was blind, while the other was a hunchback. They depended on each other or especially when they to go places. The hunchback would lead the way as the blind man could not see the way. On the other hand the blind man would carry the hunchback on the back of his shoulders since on account of his weak body the hunchback tires easily.

Once they happened to pass by a coconut tree that was teeming with ripe fruits. When the hunchback saw it he told his blind companion about it which interested his friend that both decided to stop for a while to pick some of the coconuts home for dessert. At first they were a bit resistant who between the two of them would do the climb- ing. The blindman quickly excused himself for he could not see his way up and might slip and fall even before reaching halfway up the tree. Neither was the hunchback confident he could climb all the way up to the top of the tree for he was too weak to walk, lets climb. But the thought of enjoying the sweet juice and delicious white meat of the coconut was simply irresistable, they kept pushing one an- other to do the climbing, In the end, the haunchback agreed to take his chance at climbing.

"Alright! I'll do it." the hunchback spoke with some hesitation, "But just to make sure no one steals the fruits I will drop down, I want you to count a loud when they hit the ground so we could keep count."

Moments later, the blind man heard a thug. "One" he said.

The hunchback explained to his blind friend that it was he and not the coconut that fell, and so he instructed him to count from the very start.

"Oh, sorry to hear that," said the blind man," Are you all right? Are you hurt?"

"No, no. I'm fine," responded the hunchback who struggled for sometime before finally getting up on his feet on his own. He brushed the dust off the side of his pants with his hands then readied himself to try and climb up the way.

"Two!" counted the blind man. The hunchback got irked with the strange way his blind friend counted. "I haven't pick any fruit yet. The first noise was me. The second is still me. Now, I'm going to try climb again. And you better start counting from one."

It had occurred to the blind man to treat the falls of the hunchback off as laughing matter. Thus, he readied himself with still another joke, that if he heard another loud noise, he would tease his friend by shouting "three" on purpose.

The hunchback struggled up the tree once again, but fell off again. His blind friend nonetheless shouted "three" then gave a real big laugh. He could not control himself that he kept giggling and chuckling. The hunchback suspected his friend has been making a fool of him, with the counting. He was so very furious he approached his blind friend and smacked him hard on the face. The slap hit the eyes of the blindman, and as a result his eyes opened up and was able to slowly see.

As he could now see, the blind man took his revenge and kicked the hunchback from behind. It hit his back and as a result his back straightened up.

Incredible as it may seem, they both got cured of their, ailments. They were so glad with what had happened that their friendship further strengthened instead of what could have been the end of a long friendship after the quarrel they went through. They each climbed the tree by turns and gathered many coconuts which they brought home for feasting.