It Wasn’t Your Baby
There were two warring tribes in the Andes, one that lived in the lowlands and the other high in the mountains.
The mountain people invaded the lowlanders one day. As part of their plundering of the people, they kidnapped a baby of one of the lowlander families and took with them back up into the mountains.
The lowlanders did not know how to climb the mountain. They did not know any of the trails that the mountain people used. They did not 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 efforts, they managed to have very little progress. Feeling hopeless and helpless, the lowlander men decided that the cause was lost, and they prepared to return.
As they were packing their gear for the descent, they saw the baby’s mother walking towards them.
They realized that she was coming down the mountain that they had not 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 could not climb the mountain. How did you do this when we, the strongest and the most able men in the village, couldn’t do it?”
She shrugged her shoulder and said, “It wasn’t your baby.”