For quite some time now, I have been reading to or watching children stories with my 17-month-old son. It has become our morning routine that even I, myself, look forward to it. More than the colorful and engaging graphics, the lessons from each story are inspiring. Indeed, our daily storytelling session has become a learning experience for this mother. Or at least I am constantly reminded of my morals and be ethical at most times.
I would like to share these stories and their lessons to you as well. As I always believe these anecdotes offer so much potential to remind us of life experiences and lessons. It is just amazing these tales often happen in real life, and we just need to be mindful of the morals they impart.
The hare and the tortoise
Once there lived a hare and a tortoise. The hare was very proud of his speed and made fun of the tortoise’s slow pace. The tortoise challenged the hare to a race which the latter accepted.
The race began with the crow as the referee. The hare ran very fast while the tortoise was left behind. The hare, confident the tortoise has no chance to come any near him, took a rest under a tree. He fell asleep. The tortoise passed him and reached the finish line. The hare woke up and ran as fast as he could. But he saw the tortoise already there. He lost the race.
The boys and their school race
Aside from having a 17-month-old son, our family is also blessed with three school-aged boys. And we are more than fortunate to see that the boys continue to strive for a better change.
This school quarter, our three boys topped their class. And they reached that top spot because of their diligence and perseverance. They seldom ask help from their parents. They review on their own, make their own assignments, and research for their projects. Just like the tortoise, they keep trying to improve themselves and outdo their past performance. I have seen in them as well the humility despite the fame and recognition.
Aesop’s Fables and its lessons
Aesop’s Fables, which date back to the 5th century BC, is just one of the few of the books I use to read to my child. It contains short stories with colorful and attractive illustrations. And at the end of each narrative are morals that teach a lesson to children and even adults like me. And though most characters of the tales are usually animals who act and talk, the lessons imparted are truly rich and relatable. Just like the fable of the hare and the tortoise which can be seen in our everyday story.
Do you have your favorite short story which you would like to share with us as well? Would love to hear them from you, please.