For today’s story time, we looked for a different one my Big Bunso and I haven’t seen yet. We opted for the Two Silly Goats today. The story is somehow similar to the one we read the other day, the Horse and the Donkey.
There lived two silly goats in a village.
There was a narrow bridge over a river in the village.
One day, the goats wanted to cross the bridge. One silly goat was on one side. The other one was on the other side.
One of them said, “I shall go first. Allow me to pass.”
The other goat said, “No. I must cross first. You move aside.”
Neither of them yielded.
At last, they came to the middle of the bridge. They began to fight terribly.
As they were fighting, both of them fell into the river and drowned.
The Two Proud Siblings
Every weekday, Firstborn stays with my mom. It is because she is alone at the big house and needs somebody to wake her up every time she moans in her sleep. On weekends, any boy may opt to stay with my mom as long as two will remain at the small house to help with the household chores. By the way, The boys refer to my mom’s place as the big house because it is indeed big. Ours, on the contrary, is the small house.
When the boys were just too young to be brainwashed, they would all love to stay at my mom’s place. It is because she would buy the kids expensive toys and almost anything they would ask for. She would even prepare milk and every mealtime the table is always ready with food. The boys need not water the plants, sweep the floor nor wash the dishes. They live like a king at my mom’s place.
One evening, my mom arrived at the small house. “Who will sleep at the big house? Firstborn or Second Son?” was her question.
Firstborn readied himself. Second Son, without delay, made a harsh comment. “It has always been you. You stay with our grandmother on weekdays; it should be my turn or Big Bunso’s during the weekend.” The two boys started to argue and even cited reasons to support their claims.
Then their father acted as a go-between to solve the issue. “Neither of you will sleep at the big house. It would be Big Bunso’s turn now,” the husband said.
Pride goes before a fall
Luckily as a parent, I haven’t seen any of my boys fight that seriously over toys. They learned to take turns and borrow things which aren’t theirs. But they sometimes argue about opinions. They are confident in their beliefs and abilities that make them too arrogant. Just like the two silly goats who were too conceited that no one wanted to give way. Sadly, because of their stubbornness, both fell from the bridge.
The story of the Two Silly Goats and the Two Proud Siblings both show that pride goes before a fall. This saying is adapted from the Book of Proverbs. It emphasizes that individuals who are overconfident or too arrogant are likely to fail.
My 19-month old is too young to understand the lesson of the story. I hope, though, that my Big Bunso, would remember the story of the silly goats whenever faced with a similar situation.