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.
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.