For today’s story, I read to my 20-month-old son the story of The Goat and the Goatherd. After reading the Aesop’s Fable, I made this entry straight away. A similar incident happened two days ago which my boys need to understand and learn something from.
The Goat and the Goatherd
A Goat strayed away from the flock, tempted by a patch of clover. The Goatherd tried to call it back but in vain. It would not obey him. Then he picked up a stone and threw it, breaking the Goat’s horn.
The Goatherd was frightened.
“Do not tell the master,” he begged the Goat.
“No,” said the Goat, “that broken horn can speak for itself!”
The Car and the Firstborn
Husband and Firstborn worked together for some carpentry assignment. Once done, the husband asked his eldest son to keep the tools. Before keeping the saw, our curious boy tried the tool and placed the toothed edge side against his grandmother’s car hood. Husband saw what Firstborn did and immediately ordered the latter to stop. He also directed our lad to confess to his grandmother. Unfortunately, our 14-year old boy did not follow his father’s order.
Moral of the Story
Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hid.
The broken horn and the car hood scratch are pretty obvious. Even without explaining, the master would see the broken horn, same with my mother who would surely notice the car hood scratch. Though a difficult risk, it is more prudent to be honest. We cannot, after all, hide an elephant or an obvious truth.