There were two warring tribes that not-so-peacefully co-existed—one that lived in the lowlands and the other, high in the mountains.
One day, the mountain people invaded the lowlanders; plundering and kidnapping a baby from the village. They vanished with the child and took her back up into the mountains.
The lowlanders outraged at the disappearance of one of their own were pushed into action… but the lowlanders didn’t know how to climb the mountain.
They didn’t know any of the trails that the mountain people used, and they didn’t know where to find the mountain people or how to track them in the steep terrain.
Even so, they sent out their best party of fighting men to climb the mountain and bring the baby home.
The men tried first one method of climbing and then another. They tried one trail and then another.
After several days of effort, however, they had climbed only several hundred feet.
Feeling hopeless and helpless, the lowlander men decided that the cause was lost, and they prepared to return to their village below.
As they were packing their gear for the descent, they saw the baby’s mother walking toward them. They realized that she was coming down the mountain that they hadn’t figured out how to climb.
And then they saw that she had the baby strapped to her back. How could that be?
One man greeted her and said, “We couldn’t climb this mountain. How did you do this when we, the strongest and most able men in the village, couldn’t do it?”
She shrugged her shoulders and said intently…
“IT WASN’T YOUR BABY.”
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