They say nothing comes easy without hard work. Thus for others who tried but to no avail, they tend to be bitter. They act with such scornful denial, even dismissing the benefit of such fruitful labor just because it is unobtainable. Have we been like that? Let me share with you the story of The Fox and the Grapes.
I remember I would instantly behave upon realizing my mother looking daggers at me. My boys, however, are smarter than their mom. They would avoid their mother’s fierce stare as they continue their naughty acts. But as soon as they know I mean no joke, they would come to their senses and behave. Such is the story of the lion and the boar which my 20-month-old son seemed not to appreciate that much. He didn’t giggle or smile as he used to. But still, the lesson is worth sharing.
Have you heard of the story of the farmer and his three lazy sons? It is a nice story worth sharing to your kids, too. It would surely help you inspire your children to be diligent and consider that after hard work comes the sweet fruits of their labor.
The wisdom of elders
Listen to your elder’s advice. Not because they are always right, but because they have more experiences of being wrong.
I love this new story I read to my 20-month-old son. It shows the wisdom of parents which most children ignore, simply because they are kids.
Last April 26 was Firstborn’s School Recognition Day. He placed second honors. I attended the recognition together with my three other boys. Sadly, my other son should have been part of the program as well but was stripped of all his privileges when he allegedly bullied a classmate. My grade 7 boy received Needs Improvement grade in Conduct which meant he is no longer eligible for any honors. He should have placed third given his consistent impressive academic grades.
Anyway, as we were walking toward the school auditorium, Second Son
The classmate who was full of confidence that moment suddenly backed out and shied away.
This morning, I read to my 20-month-old son the story of the Borrowed Feathers. Very timely that I could relate the story of the bird to that of the proud classmate.