Sunday, January 23, 2011

"A Heavy Load" - Read by Mr. Salsich, Sr.

Here at The Reading Round-Up, we like to invite real live readers in to share their love of words and stories with all of us! Being read to is not only pleasurable, but you can learn a lot too!

★ Mr. Salsich, Sr. is back in the reader's saddle again! ★

Here is another story from Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth.

What do you think the older monk meant when he said, "I set the woman down hours ago. Why are you still carrying her?"

What do you think is
the message, or the theme, of the story?


  1. Dear Mr. Salsich Sr.,

    I love how you read fluently and clearly. I think the monk meant he was just carrying her in his thoughts. The story teaches you that when you have a bad thought in your mind, forget about it and never think of it again. I had this once happen to me. It was kind of the same thing that happened to him. I once bought a present for my friend. When he opened it, he said nothing and ran off and started playing. He never ever thanked me. I just thought and thought about it for about four weeks. I have to learn that the second you find a bad thought, you should wipe it away and have a clear mind. I felt very bad the time it got stuck to my mind, but it has never happened again sense. I like that book because it has an important message. Has that ever occurred to you? What do you think the message of this story is?


  2. Dear Ryan,
    I'm so glad you enjoyed the story I read to my son's class. Not only did you enjoy it -- you obviously UNDERSTOOD it quite well. It's so good that you see the value of keeping a "clear mind" (as you said). I've come to believe there is nothing more important than keeping a clear mind, and I try to do that by simply letting thoughts go as easily as they come. Thoughts, in a way, are like breezes. We should observe them (maybe enjoy some of them) as they pass by, but then just let them go.

    Thanks for your good comments, Ryan. You must be a very fine student.

    Mr. Salsich, Sr.


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