What can we bring to this world?
What can we leave our children with?
Where are our homes?
Throughout this year, there have been many many reasons why we were unable to return home. What should a “home” look like? Everyone must have a different imagination in mind. Would the search for “home” also symbolise the search for “love”? Today, Mrs. Ant will tell us a story about “home” through five embroideries she made by hand. Halfway through the story, after the little bear met the big elephant, how should the story go on? With the creation stuck in a rut, Mrs. Ant asked her son for help… When it comes to searching for home, children’s responses are just so simple. The world is actually not that complicated when we are pure at heart.
In the forest, a little bear was searching for its home. It pressed itself against the soil and saw ants moving leaves and seeds. They were getting ready to climb down to the underground. The little bear stayed close to the ground, lifted a wilted leaf and asked the ants, “Ants, may I ask if you know where my home is?”
The ants answered, “We have been living underground all along, how would we know where your home is? You should ask the little birds, they are always darting about in the sky and flying high, they see far more than us and further than us.”
So the little bear moved on. It stopped underneath the little birds’ homes and looked up to ask them, “May I ask if you know where my home is?”
The little birds thought for a while, tried hard to rummage their minds for scenery they had seen, and later said, “Our homes are small and you are big, you probably need to ask larger animals! How would we know where your home is?” The little birds later suggested the white bear ask around animals as bulky in build as it was.
“To find animals with a similar build to me?” The little bear mused as he went along until he met a very very big elephant.
“Big elephant, may I ask if you know where my home is?” The little bear asked very sincerely.
“Little bear, I have a big pair of ears and a very long nose, you and I are barely alike, how would I know where your home is?” The big elephant replied gently.
“Then who would know where my home is?” The little bear was a bit disappointed, and a bit upset too.
“You should ask around animals that are similar to you, they might know where your home is.” The big elephant gave the little bear his suggestion reassuringly so that it would embrace hope as it carried on searching.
The little bear lastly met a brown bear in the forest. Other than the colour of the fur, the brown bear looked very much like itself. The little bear, slightly nervous and cautious, asked the brown bear, “May I ask if you know where my home is?”
The brown bear took a look at the white bear, “Sorry little bear, I don’t know where your home is, but I can invite you to my home, and I can share my home with you. It is right on the hillside where you can see the big elephant, flying birds, white clouds, flowers and grass, and where the ants live underground.”
「給孩子的祝福，希望在未來人生道路上如果迷了路，能夠用心觀察，最後順利找到屬於自己的家！」—— Mrs. Ant
In the end, the little bear found the person he loved, and with the company of friends, happily lived on this hill.
“A blessing for children, in the hope that if they get lost in their future paths, they could see with their hearts and in the end find homes of their own successfully!” – Mrs. Ant