A Man came into a forest and made a petition to the Trees to provide him a handle for his axe.
The Trees consented to his request and gave him a young ash-tree.
No sooner had the man fitted from it a new handle to his axe, than he began to use it, and quickly fell with his strokes the noblest giants of the forest.
An old oak, lamenting when too late the destruction of his companions, said to a neighboring cedar:
“The first step has lost us all. If we had not given up the rights of the ash, we might yet have retained our own privileges and have stood for ages.”
The Grandmother and The Little Man
Just like any curious toddler, our 20-month-old is bursting with energy and ideas. He loves to explore his environment and would even put anything he can hold into his mouth. He also loves to play with his toys and often throw them when not in the mood. Whenever my mom would see him does that, she would applaud and say “very good.”
One day, our little man visited his grandmother’s house. My mother loves collecting fragile things and would display them in her living room. Our little guy saw those colorful glass balls by the center table and started playing with them. My mom, out of fear, scolded my son. My boy, on the other hand, must have been shocked that he dropped the glass ball and it shattered into many pieces.
Moral of Aesop’s Fable
In yielding the rights of others, we may endanger our own.
It is sad that often, we have already seen yet tolerated the not so good acts of our children. We simply laugh off thinking those acts were cute. Only then when they have done something against our will would we start correcting their not so good deeds. And often, everything’s too late. This holds true in the case of my mother. She did not correct my son upon seeing him throw his toys, never expecting it would backfire.