Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. Genesis 2:19-20
Wisdom Carrier said a story to a parents who had named their daughter a Son. The parents had named her Son because they wanted son but God had given them daughter. They were unhappy to have a daughter.
Wisdom Carrier began the story with tears in his eyes. As he told the story he would often sob loudly. He then started saying the story:
A young boy found a puppy in the street feeding on the pile of garbage. Filled with love, the young boy picked it up and took him home. He named it Tiger.
As the puppy grew younger he was happy when he was called as Tiger. Then one day the dog met another she-dog named Shally after it grew old. Shally revealed Tiger that they were dogs not some wild animals like tiger living in the forest and enemy towards dogs. Tiger was angry against his human owner for naming it Tiger as tigers feed on dogs as well.
Unable to speak in human language, he would bark loud whenever the owner called him Tiger. It did not go close when he called him by the name Tiger.
This happened for a week until one day the owner was too disgusted by the change of the behavior in his dog. Then he shouted, ” You Dog come here”. Suddenly Tiger came close to him wagging it’s tail. The owner was happy that his dog came to him when he was called in angry voice.
Another day, the owner called in a loud voice, “You Tiger come here”. This time the dog barked loudly at him and did not come closer.
Th owner thought ‘whats wrong with this stupid dog now a days’ and called with angry voice “You stupid Dog come here”. Then Tiger again went close to him wagging it’s tail.
The owner came to know that his dog did not like the name Tiger after the similar incidence happened for few months and named it Dog.
Shally one day met with Dog. Dog said the story of his changed name. Dog said, “I barked him saying I am not a tiger but a dog”.
Shally said “It’s nice that your owner heard you barking and not roaring.”
The parents started to love their daughter and named her Shally upon hearing the story. Tears started flowing through Shally’s eyes when her parents started treated her as daughter and not a son.
Adapted from the book The Wisdom Carrier: By Thomas Bogaty