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Squabbling, a Fable

This morning, while skating, I realized that there is an untold story, the sequel to Solomon’s judgment over the 2 women whose motherhood was in dispute.

His next case involved a mom and 2 kids. Both kids claimed that the woman was her mom and ought, therefore, to do as the child asked, no–required–which meant essentially the opposite of what the other child wished. The woman and the children came before Solomon to judge, and he could barely hear himself think while the children spoke over each other, bickering even before the great and wise king. He wisely said, Well, I shall soon know whose mother this is. I shall cut her in half and give you each a piece. Is that all right with you? And you?

And then he didn’t know what to do as the children agreed, as children will, that it was just fine with them.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

2 thoughts on “Squabbling, a Fable

  1. Lol! This reminds me of a story a friend of mine told me about when his daughter was still a very small child. She’d asked for a drink of milk and he’d told her he had a really dreadful headache and couldn’t do it right now. Apparently she just looked at him and said ‘Get me my milk’. We’re not flesh and blood to them, you know, just faulty extensions of their will!

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