A Sufi was taking leave of his father.
"I just don't understand you!" the father groaned. "Your ways are so strange! I don't know what you are."
The Sufi said, "A farmer placed a duck egg under a hen. The egg hatched, and the little duckling grew up with the hen and her other chicks. Then, one day, they walked by a pond. The duckling jumped in the water. He swam and splashed, while the mother hen stood clucking on the shore in alarm."
The father understood. "I will stay here on the shore," he said, "but you must go."
Inspired by: The Little Book of Sufi Parables by Nico Neruda
Notes: This is story 83 in the book.
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