My Mother is a Cat

Ibu Saya Seekor Kucing >> Edisi Indonesia

Folklore from Jambi

THERE were two sisters. They were very beautiful. Lots of young men fell in love with them and wanted to marry them. However, after they saw the sisters' mother, young men always cancelled their plan to marry the girls. Why? It was because the girls' mother was a cat!

A cat? Yes, the girls' mother indeed was a cat! Nobody know why the cat could have humans as her children.

The girls slowly felt very sad. They wanted to have husbands. They thought they would never get married.

The younger sister said, "Let's find another mother."

The older sister agreed. Then they started their journey to find a new mother.

It was a hot day. The sun was shining brightly.

The older sister said. "Look at the sun. She looks so wonderful. Let's ask her to be our mother."

The sisters called the sun. The sun looked at the two beautiful girls.

"Dear Sun, you look so wonderful. Do you want to be our mother?" said the older sister.

The sun was smiling.

"I'm honored with your request. But I'm not as wonderful as you think. Do you see the cloud over there? If she blocks me, I'm nothing. I cannot shine brightly. why don't you ask the cloud to be Your mother," said the sun.

The sisters talked to the cloud.

"Dear Cloud, you look so beautiful. You are also very powerful. You can block the sun from shining. Do you want to be our mother?" asked the younger sister.

The cloud answered.

"Though I can cover the sun, but l'm hopeless when the wind is blowing
me toward the mountain. Do you see the mountain over there? I if hit her, I will be broken into pieces. Why don't you ask the mountain to be your mother?" said the cloud.

The girls came to the mountain. They said, "Dear Mountain, you are very strong. We're so amazed with your big body. Do you want to be our mother?"

The mountain answered.

"It's true that my body is very big. But there are lots of holes in my body. Do you know why? It's because of the mouse! When she is making holes in my body, I'm hopeless.... I'm afraid my body will be broken into pieces. Why don't you ask the mouse to be your mother," said the mountain.

The two sisters were looking for the mouse. When they found her, the two sisters immediately asked her to be their mother.

"Dear Mouse, though you are small you have great power. You can make holes in the mountain's body. Do you want to be our mother?" asked the older sister.

The mouse looked at the two sisters and said, 'You are right. My body is small and I can make holes in the mountain's body. But there is one thing you have to know. I'm afraid of the cat," said the mouse.

"Why?" asked the younger sister.

"Well.... Cat always chases me and tries to eat me. Cat moves very fast and she can also climb easily. Trust me, the cat is much more better than I am. Why don't you ask the cat to be your mother?" asked the mouse.

The two sisters were silent: They just realized that their mother was already perfect for them. They felt so embarrassed with their bad behavior.

The two sisters immediately went home and then apologized to their mother.

"That's all right my children. I understand how you feel about me. I already forgive you," said the cat.

Since then the sisters and their mother lived happily. The beautiful sisters also did not care for the man who cancelled their plans to marry them. The sisters were waiting for the right men who would accept their mother as a cat. ***

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Kisah Putri Duyung | Edisi Indonesia

Folklore from Central Sulawesi

ONCE upon a time, there lived a poor farmer. He lived with his wife and three children. The farmer only had small paddy field. It sometimes was not enough to feed his family. Therefore the farmer went fishing to make extra money.

His three children were lazy. They never helped their parents. They were ignorant and disobedient. The parents often advised them, but those children ignored them, While the parents were working, the children just played with their friends.

The mother was so patient'and she was never tired. She woke up in the morning, cleaned the house, cooked for the family, and then also helped his husband to work.

The father just came back from fishing. He was so happy, he brought lots of fish. He planned to sell some of them and ate the rest.

"I'm going to the market now to sell this fish. Please cook some of them, I want to eat the fish for dinner later," said the father to the mother.

"All right, I will cook the fish for you and the children," replied the mother.

Then the father went to the market Later, the children came back home. They just finished playing. They were hungry. They saw their mother in the kitchen.

"What are you cooking, Mother? It smells so good."

"I'm cooking some fish. We will have fish as our dinner tonight," said the mother.

"Dinner? But I'm hungry now" said the eldest.

"You already had lunch before you went playing, how come you are hungry now?" asked the mother.

"We are tired. The smell of the cooked fish makes me really hungry. Please let me eat now" said the youngest child.

"Hmm... Okay. But remember, don't eat all the fish. Your father is in the market now and he wants to eat the fish for dinner. Spare some for him," said the mother.

"All right Mom!" said the children.

They then immediately ate the fish. It was so delicious. The children really enjoyed eating the fish. They forgot their mother's message. They ate all the fish! They did I not spare fish for their parent.

At night, the father come home. He told his wife that he wanted to have dinner. She did not know that the fish was all eaten by the children. She asked them.

'"Where is the fish? Did you eat all of them?"

"Yes, Mom... Its so delicious so we ate all the fish."

"But I've told you not to eat all the fish."

When the father found out that there was no any fish left, he was extremely angry.

"I don't care! I want to eat the fish now!" yelled the father.

The mother'was sad. She said, "I will find some fish for you."

Later she left the house and went to the sea.

It was already morning and the mother did not come back yet. The father and the children were looking for her. They went to the sea. The children called out the mother,

"Mother...Where are you?"

"I'm here," replied the mother.

She was swimming in the sea and approached her children and husband.

She brought some fish in her hands. She said, "Here is the fish for you. But I cannot live with you anymore. I live here in the sea. I have changed into a mermaid."

Then she dove and disappeared. The father and the children were so sad. They regretted their bad behavior. The children regretted that they ate all the fish and did not listen to her while the father regretted that he was so rude to his wife. However, it was too late. They just lost her forever. ***

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