The message of the story of the Young Thief and His Mother is somehow similar with that of The Trees and The Axe. Let us read the story, please.
A young Man had been caught in a daring act of theft. He had been condemned to be executed for it. He expressed his desire to see his Mother, and to speak with her before he was led to execution. This was granted. When his Mother came to him he said: “I want to whisper to you.” When she brought her ear near him, he nearly bit it off. All the bystanders were horrified. They asked him what he could mean by such brutal and inhuman conduct.
“It is to punish her,” he said. “When I was young I began with stealing little things, and brought them home to Mother. Instead of rebuking and punishing me, she laughed and said: ‘It will not be noticed.’ It is because of her that I am here today.”
“He is right, woman,” said the Priest: the Lord hath said:
“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart therefrom.”
Moral of Aesop’s Fable
The youth’s future is filled with possibility. I believe that as parents, we are privileged to direct our children to the right path. If we just tolerated our kids’ wrongdoings, it might be too late to correct them when they become grown ups already.
Just like the promise of Proverbs, a child who is carefully and consciously trained in the “way he should go” will remain true to that way in this life. He will reap its rewards and even us parents would enjoy a good harvest.