I think most people are familiar with Aesop's Fable about The Fox and the Crow.
In this story, the Crow has found a wonderful round of cheese and is sitting in a tree, when along comes a sweet-talking fox. He wants the cheese for himself, but how to get it? He convinces the Crow that she has a beautiful voice and would love to hear her sing. She is flattered, opens her mouth to sing and, sadly for her, the cheese drops to the ground. Now, when you think about this fable, it becomes apparent that casting is important. Crows are really, really intelligent. Only a sly fox would have been right for this role ... for who else, in the entire animal kingdom would have the ability to out-smart a crow?
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The Ants and the Grasshopper
The ants were employing a fine winter's day in drying grain collected in the summer-time. A grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food. The ants inquired of him, 'Why did you not treasure up food during the summer?' He replied, 'I had not leisure enough. I passed the days in singing.' Then they said in derision: 'If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, you must dance supper-less to bed in the winter.'
The moral of the story here is pretty obvious ~ Work comes before play ~ Put something away for a rainy day, winter or hard times ~ Plan ahead ~ So, like the industrious ants, make the most of your harvest, whether it comes to you from the grocery store or your garden!
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2017 / edited 2019