Aesop’s Fables: The Thief and His Mother

Hello there!

Some time back (quite a long while actually) I decided to post some stories from the famous book teaching morals to young minds: “Aesop’s Fables”. Although this is just the second being posted, rest assured, there will be more. 🙂

Enjoy! 🙂

THE THIEF AND HIS MOTHER

A schoolboy stole a hornbook from one of his schoolmates and brought it home to his mother. Instead of punishing him, she encouraged him and was proud of his deed. In the course of time, the boy, now a grown man, began to steal things of greater value until he was finally caught in the act. Soon thereafter he was tried and sentenced to death. As he was being led toward the place of execution, he noticed his mother in the crowd standing along the way. She was wailing and beating her breast, and he begged the officers for permission to whisper a few words in her ear. When she quickly drew near and placed her ear to her son’s lips, he seized the lobe of it tightly between his teeth and bit it off. Immediately she shrieked, and the crowd joined her in scolding the unnatural son, as if  his former evil ways had not been enough. Now he had gone a step further by committing this impious deed against his mother. However, he responded, “It’s she who’s the cause of my ruin! If she had given me a sound flogging when I stole my schoolmate’s hornbook and brought it to her, I would never have grown so wicked and come to this untimely end.”

Nip evil in the bud.

Previous stories from Aesop’s Fables:

The Fox and the Stork

Aesop’s Fables: The Fox and the Stork

Hello everyone! How’s it going?

So today I thought of sharing something here rather than writing a random update of what I’m doing.

All of us have grown up among stories and fables which preach and instill morals, a sense of right and wrong, let us know of the consequences of wrong actions and how doom awaits those who don’t heed the warnings, wrong the innocent etc.

Many of these fables we grew up with are traced back to Aesop and were ultimately compiled together to form a thin yet substantial volume of stories which shape young minds and mange to stay with us forever. I decided to share one of my favourite one here. I’m adding one right now, may add more later. Hope you enjoy, lemme know what you think. 🙂

THE FOX AND THE STORK 

 One day a fox invited a stork to dinner, and since he wanted to amuse himself at the expense of his guest, he provided a meal that consisted only of some thin soup in a large flat dish. The fox was able to lap this soup up very easily, while the stork, unable to take a mouthful with her long narrow bill, was as hungry at the end of dinner as when she began. Meanwhile, the fox pretended to regret seeing her eat so sparingly and feared, so he said, that the dish might not be tasty enough for her. The stork said little but requested the honor of allowing her to invite him to her place in the near future. He was delighted with the invitation, and a week later, he showed up punctually at the stork’s home, where the dinner was served right away. To the fox’s dismay, however, he found that the meal was contained in a narrow-necked vessel down which the stork easily thrust her long neck and bill, while he was obliged to content himself with licking the neck of the jar. Unable to satisfy his hunger, he left as graciously as possible, observing that he could hardly find fault with his host, who had only paid him back in his own coin.

Those who mistreat others with their cunning must expect to suffer from it in return.