MOMI LEARNS| Lessons from Aesop

May 22, 2017 | Life, Only Berlin

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.

The Lion and the Boar


MOMI LEARNS| Lessons from Aesops

MOMI LEARNS| Lessons from Aesops

On a summer day, when the great heat induced a general thirst among the beasts, a Lion and a Boar came at the same moment to a small well to drink. They fiercely disputed which of them should drink first, and were soon engaged in the agonies of a mortal combat. When they stopped suddenly to catch their breath for a fiercer renewal of the fight, they saw some Vultures waiting in the distance to feast on the one that should fall first. They at once made up their quarrel, saying, “It is better for us to make friends, than to become the food of Crows or Vultures.”

The Firstborn and the Big Bunso

Yesterday, Firstborn and Big Bunso had a fight.  My mom saw the two fighting and she tried to stop the boys.  She also saw me looking behind.  She questioned me for just standing still.  I only smiled at her.  Then suddenly, the two boys upon realizing my presence, stopped and went on separate ways.

Lesson from Aesop

Those who strive are often watched by others who will take advantage of their defeat to benefit themselves


Just like the lion and the boar, my two boys realized someone was watching them fight.  I may not be like the vulture who would eat the dead body of the defeated animal, but my children know pretty well they would hear from me after their fight.  They decided to stop and make amends.


  1. Dominique Goh

    I love Aseop tales and all the good moral values that it teaches. Haven’t heard this one about the boar and the lion though. Interesting to note that early adopters have to undergo so many trials for followers to benefit.

    • momiberlin

      Love Aesop’s tales as well. I am on the look out for a hardbound so I could read to my boys anytime they want.

  2. Nerisa

    This story is nice. It is better to make friends and unite. This is especially true during this time in our country. Uniting will help us do more than biting each other off.

    • momiberlin

      I couldn’t agree more. But then how could we unite if they themselves do not consider themselves as Filipinos. To them, they are Moros. So sad lang talaga.

  3. momshouotout

    good story to share with kids. it teaches us to keep united

    • momiberlin

      thank you. I also agree. thanks for dropping by.

  4. Nilyn Matugas

    Exactly like my tatay! Naghihintay lang kung kelan makabwelta pag nag aaway kami dati when we were young. But like Nerisa, this one’s very timely sa sitwasyon ng PH now. People are fighting instead of uniting. It’s sad.

  5. May

    I love that tale! I love Aesop. My dad gave me a book of a compilations of his tales when i was a child.

    Anyway, that’s true. I tell my kids to love each other and we teach them to stay together always. I told them that if evilly shrewd people will take advantage when they see a family divided among themselves.

  6. Janice

    I have forgotten a lot of these Aesop stories. Reading you blog about them helps me remember them and the lessons they teach. Will have to brush up on this soon coz I’d love to have my son read them too.

  7. Maan

    Oooh I haven’t heard of this tale before. It actually makes me think because the moral lesson is unlike the others — this one is more practical and self-preserving. I think it’s teaching kids (and us) to be smarter in understanding people because there will be people who will take advantage of us.



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