The Seven Lazy Once upon the time there were a peasant and his wife, who lived in a small village named Bremen. They lived in a crooked hut near the Weser Beach. When the Weser was rising, the peasant’s meadows stood under water. This made his work very difficult. It was not easy for the peasant to feed his wife and his seven sons. But Bremen used to be, even then, a very special place and that is why this peasant and his wife were happy people, despite being poor. In the evening when work was done, he used to sit with his wife in front of his crooked hut and, smoking his pipe, he said to his wife: We do not have a lot, but we have each other – and that is a lot. Well, Hein, where you’re right, you’re right, his wife replied. He was smiling and she quietly reached for his hand. As his sons grew up, they passed their time by playing tricks on others, just as Bremen Boys would do. No one was really safe from them. But not everyone in the village had a sense of humour and so it came to be that neighbours used to talk behind their backs. The lazy seven good-for-nothings are a shame on our village. Whatever was said, Pa and Ma Bruns stood behind their boys and loved them just the way they were. We do not have a lot, but we have each other – and that is a lot. The years went by and the boys grew up to be strong young men. Where others had to work hard, the seven Bruns sons lay on the Weser Beach, watching the ships go by, because Pa Bruns did not have enough work for them all. By lunchtime they got hungry and went home where Ma was feeding them well. After lunch they lay down to sleep, snoring loudly. So the neighbours just called them the Lazy Seven. As they were lying on the Weser Beach, they got bored. So they started to observe the ships going by more intensively. There were the days when the water was rising and there were the days of low ebb. The Lazy Seven made games like: who can run the closest in front of the water without getting wet. They got more and more skilful and started to understand which laws the water obeys. They started to build small dykes in order to stay dry when the water was rising. The first ones were washed away, but they got better and better. In the end they shaped the dyke so the water could float till it has lost its power. Behind this dyke they could lie on dry sand. After some time they got bored again and the eldest proposed to look for work.  So the Lazy Seven went to ask the neighbouring peasants, if they had work for them. Well yes, work we do have, but certainly not for you, Lazy Seven, they said. Well then, let us build a dyke, so that your meadows are not flooded anymore. There you go, you are too lazy to turn over the wet grass, the neighbours answered. Where ever they asked, it was the same old story. So they decided to go on their way into the big wide world. Ma Bruns was weeping when they left. The Lazy Seven consoled her with the words: We do not have a lot, but we have each other – and that is a lot. Seven years went by, ... ©Olivia Douglas, 2008 (Um den Status “unveröffentlicht” zu erhalten, drucke ich die Geschichte hier nicht vollständig ab. Für das private Vorlesen, schicke ich gerne die ganze Geschichte per E-Mail zu, denn genau dafür wurde sie geschrieben.)  2 Booklets (normal and brownie-version) with each 9 pages, for both: 5.00€,  hand made, printed on white recyclingpaper  Shipping within Germany: 2,00€, please ask for shipping costs to other countries.  Please send mail to get IBAN & account number. After transaction it will be shipped within    24hs on postal days.  info@olivia-douglas.eu