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Feb 7-17, 2025 • Laurier Park

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The Twin

By Amena Shehab 

English

In a strange world not too far from here, twin siblings lived, the first named Hard Work and the second named Talent.

Hard Work always cared for his young sibling, and together, they set off on exciting adventures to explore their vibrant and colourful world.

Talent was a lively and imaginative young creature with a natural talent for almost anything he attempted. His melodies were like the songs of morning birds, his drawings were a symphony of colours, and his stories filled hearts with wonder. But he was bored, loved to have fun, and had no energy to work. While Hard Work was serious, his heart was full of ambition, and his spirit never gave up. He practiced tirelessly, learned from every experience and strived to improve himself daily. He had strength and perseverance.

One day, Talent saw Hard Work working in a miserable garden, so he thought his sibling was building a garden independently and did not want to work with him anymore. While the fact was Hard Work was learning about weeds that harm flowers and trees. 

After Hard Work cut the weeds, the garden came to life and was transformed from a ruined garden into the most beautiful garden around. Then jealousy began to creep into Talent’s soul, and he wanted to prove that he could work alone too and build a more beautiful garden than his sibling’s. 

One sunny morning, Talent began working in his garden. Hard Work saw him and offered help, but he refused and thanked him kindly, arguing that planting a garden did not require much effort and that he could complete the work alone. 

Talent planted the seeds gracefully and effortlessly. He waited a while, and the flowers grew long and vibrant. He built a more beautiful garden than his sibling’s garden, and people showered him with praise; he felt like he was on top of the world getting the praise he sought. 

It was not long before Talent’s garden began to lose its beauty. Weeds grew around his seedlings, and their flowers began to wither, causing the garden to lose its former lustre. Talent’s heart was shattered. His pride turned to rubble, and he began feeling frustrated and losing self-confidence. 

Then he remembered Hard Work and his garden. So he went to see if his sibling’s garden had been ruined by weeds like what had happened to his garden. 

When he arrived there, he found that Hard Work’s garden was still vibrant and beautiful, so he asked him about the secret and how his garden was able to escape from the harmful weeds. 

Hard Work told Talent that he did not neglect the garden and was constantly watering it and removing every harmful weed that appeared between the seedlings. 

At that moment , Talent realized that he could create many beautiful things, but he could not make them last long and that he needed Hard Work to always be by his side to achieve success. 

Since then, the two siblings have been working hand in hand. Together they have restored Talent’s garden to its former glory as the most beautiful garden the eye has ever seen in their wondrous world.

The End

اللغة العربية

قصة الموهبة والعمل الجاد

أمينة شهاب 

في عالم غريب ليس بعيدًا جدًا عن هنا، عاش صديقان هما الموهبة والعمل الجاد لقد كانا لا ينفصلان، ومعًا انطلقا في مغامرات مثيرة لاستكشاف عالمهما النابض بالحياة والملونة. 

كان الموهبة مخلوقًا شابًا يتمتع بالحيوية والخيال ويتمتع بموهبة طبيعية في أي شيء يحاول تجربته تقريبًا. كانت ألحانه كأغاني طيور الصباح، ورسوماته سيمفونية الألوان، وقصصه تملأ القلوب عجباً. لكنه كان ملولاً، يحب اللهو ولا طاقة له على العمل. بينما كان العمل الجاد مجتهدًا، وكان قلبه مليئا بالطموح وروحه لا تعرف الاستسلام أبدا. لقد مارس الرياضة بلا كلل، وتعلم من كل تجربة وسعى جاهداً لتحسين نفسه كل يوم. وكان يتمتع بالقوة والمثابرة. 

دبت غيرة خفيفة في نفس الموهبة عندما سمع الناس يمدحون حديقة صديقه العمل الجاد التي زرعها بكل أنواع الزهور والأشجار التي تبعث في النفس شعوراً بالراحة والبهجة، ويصفونه بأنها أجمل حديقة رأتها عيونهم، لذا قرر موهبة أن يثبت للآخرين أنه قادر على أن يزرع حديقة أكبر وأجمل من حديقة صديقه.  

وفي صباح أحد الأيام المشمسة، بدأ موهبة العمل في حديقته فرآه العمل الجاد وعرض عليه المساعدة فأبى وشكره بلطف محتجاً بأن زراعة الحديقة لا يحتاج إلى جهد كبير وأنه يستطيع انجاز العمل بمفرده.  

زرع موهبة البذور برشاقة ودون عناء، وانتظر بعض الوقت فنمت الزهور طويلة ونابضة بالحياة. وبالفعل صنع حديقة تفوق حديقة صديقه جمالاً، فأمطره الناس بالثناء، فشعر بأنه على قمة العالم بنيله الإطراء الذي سعى إليه ولم يعد يلتفت إلى العمل في الحديقة فنمت الأعشاب الضارة حول شتلاته وبدأت زهورها تذبل ففقدت حديقته بريقها، ولم يعد يرتادها أحد، فتحطم قلبه، وتحول كبرياؤه إلى أنقاض، وبدأ يشعر بالاحباط وفقدان الثقة بالنفس. عندها تذكر صديقه المخلص العمل الجاد الذي وقف إلى جانبه في السراء والضراء. فهرع إليه ليرى ما إذا كانت حديقة صديقه قد أصابها ما أصاب حديقته فهرع إليه وعندما ما وصل تفاجأ بأن حديقة العمل الجاد مازالت نابضة بالحياة والجمال، فسأله عن السر، وكيف نجت حديقته من الأعشاب الضارة؟ فأخبره العمل الجاد بأنه لم يهمل حديقته يوماً وكان يسقيها بشكل دائم ويزل كل عشبة ضارة تظهر بين شتلاتها.  عندها أدرك موهبة أنه يستطيع أن يبدع الكثير من الأشياء الجميلة لكنه لا يستطيع أن يجعلها تدوم طويلاً، وأنه بحاجة إلى صديقه هارد بجانبه دوماَ ليحققا النجاح معاً.  

منذ ذلك الحين والشقيقان يعملان كتف إلى كتف معاً، لقد أعاد حديقة موهبة إلى سابق عهدها كأجمل حديقة قد تراها العين في عالمهما العجيب.  

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About the writer

Amena Shehab

Amena Shehab came to Canada alone in 2013 with three children under 14, she started writing plays about her experience as an Arab woman experiencing conflict.

She made her Canadian stage debut in English four years later, playing Layal, in The Maggie Tree’s revival of Nine Parts of Desire. Their culturally-nuanced all-female ensemble piece about the Iraq wars was very well received.

Her performance in Hagar, about a mother fleeing the Syrian war, was acclaimed during its two runs in Edmonton. It depicted a Syrian refugee experience and sparked impassioned reactions and debate among audiences. She was nominated for an Elizabeth Sterling Award 2019 for Outstanding Fringe Performance – Drama. The Toronto Arts Council supported Amena to perform Hagar in Toronto in November 2023, following its success in Edmonton.

Amena has also embodied Sammar in F.O.B. and Nahla in Harun for the Edmonton Fringe. Other credits include E-Day (The Serial Collective), Rehearsal (Syrian Heritage Association), All That Binds Us (Azimuth Theatre), Here There Be Night (Workshop West) and From The Amazonamachy (Tiger Heart’s Collective).

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