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by on onon (2012-09-13)

Once when I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book, called
True Stories from Nature, about Turcja Last Minute the primeval forest. It was a picture of a boa
constrictor in the act of swallowing an animal. Here is a copy of the drawing.
In the book it said: “Boa constrictors swallow their prey whole, without
chewing it. After that they are not able to move, and they sleep through the
six months that they need for digestion.”
I pondered deeply, then, over the adventures of the jungle. And after some
work with a colored pencil I succeeded in making my first drawing. My Drawing
Number One. It looked like this:
I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups, and asked them whether the
drawing frightened them Turcja Pogoda.
But they answered: “Frighten? Why should any one be frightened by a
My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor
digesting an elephant. But since the grown-ups were not able to understand it,
I made another drawing: I drew the inside of the boa constrictor, so that the
grown-ups could see it clearly. They always need to have things explained. My
Drawing Number Two looked like this:
Egipt Last Minute The grown-ups’ response, this time, was to advise me to lay aside my drawings
of boa constrictors, whether from the inside or the outside, and devote
myself instead to geography, history, arithmetic and grammar. That is why, at
the age of six, I gave up what might have been a magnificent career as a painter.
I had been disheartened by the failure of my Drawing Number One and my
Drawing Number Two. Grown-ups Egipt Pogoda never understand anything by themselves,
and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to
them. So then I chose another profession, and learned to pilot airplanes. I have
flown a little over all parts of the world; and it is true that geography has been
very useful to me. At a glance I can distinguish China from Arizona. If one
gets lost in the night, such knowledge Tajlandia oferty is valuable.
In the course of this life I have had a great many encounters with a great
many people who have been concerned with matters of consequence. I have
lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand.
And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.
Whenever I met one of Tajlandia pogoda them who seemed to me at all clear-sighted, I tried
the experiment of showing him my Drawing Number One, which I have always
kept. I would try to find out, so, if this was a person of true understanding.
But, whoever it was, he, or she, would always say: “That is a hat.” Then I
would never talk to that person about boa constrictors, or primeval forests, or
stars. I would bring Kenia wyjazdy myself down to his level. I would talk to him about bridge,
and golf, and politics, and neckties. And the grown-up would be greatly pleased
to have met such a sensible man.
So I lived my life alone, without anyone that I could really talk to, until I had
an accident with my Pogoda Kenia plane in the Desert of Sahara, six years ago. Something
was broken in my engine. And as I had with me neither a mechanic nor any
passengers, I set myself to attempt the difficult repairs all alone. It was a
question of life or death for me: I had scarcely enough drinking water to last a
week. The first night, then, I went to sleep on the sand, a thousand miles from
any human habitation. I was more isolated than a shipwrecked sailor on a raft
in the middle of the ocean. Wyspy Kanaryjskie Last Minute Thus you can imagine my amazement, at sunrise,
when I was awakened by an odd little voice. It said:
“If you please– draw me a sheep!”
“Draw me a sheep!”
I jumped to my feet, completely thunderstruck. I blinked my eyes hard. I
looked carefully all Wyspy Kanaryjskie Pogoda around me. And I saw a most extraordinary small person,
who stood there examining me with great seriousness. Here you may see the
best portrait that, later, I was able to make of him. But my drawing is certainly
very much less charming than its model.


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