Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Excuses and Reasons

The next planet was inhabited by a tippler. This was a very short visit, but it plunged the little prince into deep dejection.



"What are you doing there?" he asked to the tippler, whom he found settled down in silence before a collection of empty bottles and also a collection of full bottles.
"I am drinking," replied the trippler, with a lugubrious air.
"Why are you drinking?" demanded the little prince.
"So that I may forget," replied the tippler.
"Forget what?" inquired the little prince, who already was sorry for him.
"Forget that I am ashamed," the trippler confessed, hanging his head.
"Ashamed of what?" insisted the little prince, who wanted to help him.
"Ashamed of drinking!" the trippler brought his speech to an end, and shut himself up in an impregnable silence.

And the little prince went away, puzzled.

"The grown-ups are certainly very, very odd," he said to himself, as he continued his journey.

က်ြန္ေတာှ အနွစ္သက္ဆံုး မင္းသားေလး စာအုပ္ထဲက အျကိုက္ဆံုး အေျကာင္းအရာေလး တစ္ခုပါ။ အရက္သမားက အရက္ေသာက္ေနတယ္။ ဘာလို့ ေသာက္တာလည္း ဆိုေတာ့ ေမ့ခ်င္လို့လို့ ေျပာတယ္။ ဘာကို ေမ့ခ်င္တာလည္း ဆိုေတာ့ ရွက္တာကို ေမ့ခ်င္တာလို့ ေျပာတယ္။ ဘာကို ရွက္တာလည္း ဆိုေတာ့ အရက္ေသာက္တာကို ရွက္တာတဲ့။ က်ြန္ေတာှတို့ဟာ တစ္ခါတစ္ရံ ဒီလိုပဲ ေဝ့လည္ေျကာင္ပတ္နဲ့ မေကာင္းမွုေတြမွာ နစ္ေမ်ာ ေနမိတာေလ။ ဪ က်ြန္ေတာှက သူေျပာသလို grown-up ျဖစ္ေနတာကိုး။


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