Adam and the Tree

There once was a boy named Adam, who lived in a small village on the edge of a tall mountain. He was always ridiculed by other children for Adam was the smallest, weakest child in the village. One day Adam decided he wanted to train to be a fighter. He wanted to grow strong muscles so the other children in the village wouldn’t tease him anymore.
Just outside the village, there lived a fighting master. This master was so great at fighting that he refused to train anyone, saying “no man has the patience to be my student.” One day Adam visited the master at his home and begged him to train him in fighting. Adam said, “Please master train me, you have to train me. All the other children in the village constantly ridicule me because of my size. I want to grow strong muscles so that I can defend myself when they tease me.” The master asked Adam, “If I train you, you have to do anything I tell you to do.” And so Adam agreed and told the Master he was ready to be trained. The master gave Adam his first task, “There is a tree in my backyard that is 50 feet tall. Go pull it out of the ground, and then I will train you.” And so, Adam walked over to the tree in the back yard and pulled on it. The tree did not budge. Adam pulled all day on the tree, and nothing happened. The tree was still stuck in the ground. After a few hours of pulling at the tree, Adam’s muscles were fatigued and he gave up. That night, he told his mother about the master and the task he had given Adam. She said, “Oh Adam, that man is just teasing you. There is no way you will be able to pull that tree out of the ground.” Adam just sat quietly and ate his supper and went to bed early, with his body in pain from the day of tree pulling.
The next day, all the children at school still teased Adam. After school, Adam went back to the master’s house and started pulling on the tree. The tree did not move. For hours, Adam pulled, and pulled, and pulled. Nothing. The tree did not move an inch. After pulling on the tree all afternoon, Adam went home disappointed. At the dinner table, Adam told his grandmother about the master and the task he had given to Adam. She laughed and said, “Adam, that old man is just bored and wants to get a laugh out of your effort. You shouldn’t waste your time trying to pull that tree out of the ground. You should just learn to live with the kids at your school teasing you.” Adam went to bed without another word, sad that his mother and grandmother had no faith in him.
The next morning at school, the village children still ridiculed Adam. In the afternoon, Adam returned to the masters house, and the morning after as well, and the one after that. Every day Adam returned to the masters yard and attempted to pull the tree out of the ground. The master watched him many days from the inside of his home. Soon, days turned to weeks, and weeks turned to months.
After 8 months of pulling, Adam was sitting at the dinner table with his mother and grandmother, examining the cuts and scrapes on his hands. His grandmother asked him, “Adam are you still trying to get that tree out of the ground?” Adam replied that he had still been pulling on the tree. His mother said “Adam you are just wasting your time trying to pull that tree out and you will be sorry when a year goes by, and it is till in the ground.” Adam just went to bed without a word still sad that his mother and grandmother had no faith in him. The next day, Adam returned to the tree and continued pulling just like he had for the past year. This continued for many more years.
On the last day of the year, 12 years after he had started pulling on the tree, Adam decided his birthday would be the last day he attempted to pull the tree out of the ground. He was going to pull on the tree that day, and if nothing happened, he would not return the next day. So Adam pulled, and pulled, and pulled on the tree until finally, right before he was about to go home, the tree came right out of the ground. Adam couldn’t believe it. By then, the tree had grown to 58 ft and it was very thick around. He jumped in the air for joy, and clapped his hands with excitement. He had finally done it. 12 years from the day he started, Adam had finally managed to pull the masters tree out of the ground.
After dancing around for a few minutes, Adam realized he should tell the master about the tree. He ran to the master’s house and said, “Master, Master, I’ve done it. I’ve pulled the tree out of the ground. Now will you train me? The master was quite impressed, but he laughed and replied, “No.” Angrily, Adam said, “No? What do you mean no? I have spent the last 12 years doing what you told me to do, and I finally did it! I pulled the tree out of the ground.” Then the master replied, “Adam, why do you need my training? You just pulled a tree out of the ground. What man would want to tease you?”