There once was a cow. A beautiful cow. The most beautiful cow in the kingdom. There was not a cow in the kingdom that compared. Not only was the cow beautiful, but it had a kind and gentle soul. The cow was loved by all in the kingdom. Well, not ALL..there were a very few in the kingdom that were jealous and wished the cow heartache and pain, because they couldn’t stand to see a cow that was so beautiful both inside and out and that was beloved by so many. Those few did everything they could to dishonor and discredit the cow. But most of the kingdom loved the cow with all their hearts. As the cow’s fame grew, so did the love of the people from the kingdom. There were people who followed the cow everywhere it went. These same people wanted to know everything that the cow did. There were even people in the kingdom that would report back to the rest of the kingdom about everything that the cow did and every where that it went. As the love for the cow grew, so did the hate. The ones that were jealous of it’s beauty soon became jealous of it’s fame. They worked even harder to destroy the cow and the people who love it.
Although the cow loved the people of the kingdom, it sometimes wished it could have some time away, to be alone. It wished for a time when it could be like other cows and come and go without being followed by the people of the kingdom. But, it seemed that would never be.
One day, the cow ventured into the woods. It was said that the the woods was inhabited by evil vultures and hyenas and other evil creatures. But, the woods would also allow the cow to do things it had never done before and because of that, the cow felt it needed to go into the woods. When the cow was deep within the woods, it was suddenly surrounded by the evil vultures and hyenas. They forced the cow to stay in one place. When the cow tried to go out to the meadow, the vultures and hyenas would follow it, pinning it down and bleeding it. They would send the blood to the kingdom, demanding money for the cow. The people of the kingdom loved the cow so much, that they would pay the money–because they still wanted to know everything the cow did and everywhere the cow went. People in the kingdom argued back and forth about whether they should pay the vultures and hyenas. Some thought that if the people quit paying the vultures and hyenas, they would let the cow go so it could return to the kingdom. Others felt that it was worth it to pay the vultures and hyenas–so long as they could see the cow and know what it was doing. And so it continued for years and years….
The cow grew desperate. It had little left to give. It no longer knew what to do. It only knew that it could not be bled much longer. It knew that if it were, it would cease to exist. Finally, the cow offered itself to the vultures, hyenas and other evil creatures. They bled the cow of all its’ blood. They gutted it. And then they left it in the woods. They thought the cow was dead and so did most of those in the kingdom.
The spirit of the cow, however, was unbroken. It lifted from the cow. As it lifted, it split into two parts. Each of these parts loved the other unconditionally. And though they would have preferred to remain as the cow, they parted. Each of the parts was free to travel where they wanted and needed to go–but they could never traveled together. Each was always alone. They visited kingdoms far and wide. People from their kingdom and other kingdoms began to think of each part as someone different. People no longer thought so much about the beautiful cow. They began to think about the two separate parts and how much each had to offer….
Although each of the parts is now free to travel and participate in new adventures, they long to be together. Occasionally, they even meet to share their love with each other–but always in secret for they know that if the vultures and hyenas find out that they are actually the cow, they will be bled again.
They meet with friends here and there. The few friends that they truly trust know the truth and protect them from prying eyes. They know they can not be seen together.
And so time passes.
The two parts long for the time when they can return and join together–not as a cow, but as individuals who love each other–then, now and forever. And so time continues to pass.
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