The parable of the koala bear

The three-year-old boy lay in bed with his baby brother, making him laugh with assorted smiles, funny faces, and noises.

To add to the entertainment, he picked up a furry koala bear and raised it in front of his brother.

The infant’s smile immediately vanished, and he began to cry at the sight of the stuffed animal.

“Don’t be scared, Brian,” uttered the older boy. “It’s okay. He’s not really a bear. He’s just a marsupial.”

I laughed at his words and smiled.

Indeed, things aren’t always what they appear to be, three-year-old boys included.

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