Finally, the day of the Olympic opening ceremonies arrived. It had been arranged that the old lion would make his speech. A lot of spectators had gathered at the stadium. The stadium was a big square field, surrounded by trees. At one corner, there was a stone platform. The platform was a special place. It also had a smaller stone on it. The old lion stood on the platform behind the small stone and began his speech, “My friends…”
Poor Lion was holding his upper teeth with one hand and his lower teeth with the other to prevent them from falling out during his speech.
“My friends, residents of the Kingdom of Happiness and Peace, we are gathered here to…”
No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t remember the rest. Again, he started, “My friends, residents of the Kingdom of Happiness and Peace, we are gathered here….to…”
Again he couldn’t remember it. He became angry and said to Wise Owl who was sitting on the platform, “What kind of speech have you written for me?” Holding his teeth once again he shouted, “Start the games.”
The entire crowd started cheering. Old Lion then thought that his speech was very good. He became excited and said, “The thing….the thing…turn on the torch. In the name of peace, in the name of friendship…in the name of…and this kind of thing.”