Children will cry

“Once there was no death. Man and woman changed their skins like crab and the big red prawn, until one day a man went to the jungle, leaving his little son to the care of grandmother. She saw the crab change its skin; thus knew that it was time for her to do the same. She did. Then she came and fondled the child. But he, seeing this fresh young woman, did not recognise his great-grandmother. He cried again and again for his great-grandmother. She was sorry. She turned back into an old woman again; then the child was quiet. Had the child not cried, she would have been young again, all people would have been young again, there could have been no growing old. Children will cry.” (Tom Harrisson, Savage Civilization, 1937, pg. 57)

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