More Ethiopian Proverbs

Following on from yesterday’s post, here are several more Ethiopian proverbs from the list my wife laid on my desk…

  • A mouse that wants to die goes to sniff the cat’s nose.
  • When spiders’ webs unite they can tie up a lion.
  • A house can’t be built for a rainy season that is past.
  • The person who grew up without correction shall find his mouth slipping instead of his foot.

No explanation comes with them but I think the meanings are pretty universally understood. I just imagined, after maybe a family evening dinner or sitting around a BBQ on the weekend, putting them up for a family discussion. Sadly our kids are all grown up and flown the coop, but with them as late pre-teens or teenagers I think we could have had some interesting discussions.

If you try it let me know how it goes.

Dominic Cartier

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