These stories, which Ursula from Hartmuth´s Forum
found and got the permission to post, thanks to Reference
, are so touching. Maybe you also like to read them!? The old man and the bear
They found him 200 Km from the coastline of Alaska. A tiny bundle of fur, clutching onto a piece of drifting wood. "The guys lifted him on board", said Al Meston, the captain of the fishing cutter. "And yes, when I saw him sitting there like that, I couldn't help but taking him into my arms. Sure, well knowing that something like that shouldn't be done. A grown old man and a polar bear cub - his men would have a good laugh. But the heart is a strange thing and that's why 'Darris', the little polar bear experiences from now on a veritable royal existence: Meston orders all heaters to be turned off as a polar bear needs it cold, distributing blankets to his shivering crew. When approaching floes, he orders to anchor as Darris should not miss his daily bath in the sea. He insists on keeping open all doors on board, so that Darris doesn't feel locked up. But he also knows with every passing hour that the inevitable is going to come soon. "Darris had to get to a breeding centre", said Meston. Still entering the harbour, Meston calls for the game keepers. But when they arrive to take Darris, the polar bear starts crying - he cries in a way no polar bear ever should be crying, and he clasps the arm of the man, who has rescued him, with such a force as if he was going to drown again. Until this day the fisher men have been remembering how gruffly Meston sent the men away. "Come back with narcotic injections." When they had left the boat, he decided to sail off, taking Darris into his arms and aware that this animal would grow one day into a real big bear. But, as already mentioned, the heart is a strange thing. It wants to grasp and hold on to what it has come to love, notwithstanding the rules of this world or whether a small polar bear is supposed to grow up on a fishing cutter. It makes its own rules.
Meston and Darris continue to fish another 6 months. Then, one day, the old man discovers a female polar bear on the coast- lying in front of her dead cub. He brings Darris on shore - a rescued life for a lost one. "There was nothing more to do. The moment had come. And it was a good moment."
By Dorothee Teves
English translation by Mami Simba
Foto: Image Bank
Year 2001 Nr. 26