The Ants and the Grasshopper
THE ANTS were spending a fine winter’s day drying grain collected in the summertime. 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.” They then said in derision: “If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, you must dance supperless to bed in the winter.”
That cautionary tale from Aesop’s Fables [as we all know] is intended to discourage slothfulness. It does not however go on to tell children what happens to lazy, good for nothing, don’t want to work and can’t even sing worth a damn beggars. That’s when a picture is worth a thousand words.
Ant #1: I’m really looking forward to vacation.
Ant #2: Yes indeed. Ah, the rewards of labor.
Yo, I been so busy singin’ I ain’t had time to tend to business can you little dudes help a hopper out?
Sure we’ll help you out- out of your wings and your legs. Now dance you lazy bum!
More and more I am entertaining the idea of writing for children. With that in mind I added a few captions. Children like that sort of thing. 😉
Credits: The Ants and the Grasshopper: Aesop (2012-05-17). Aesop’s Fables Translated by George Fyler Townsend. Kindle Edition.
Here is the official submission for last week’s challenge: My 2012 In Pictures. Hey, I made an effort AND I had a note! If you hurried to get your shots in on time you will be
pissed happy to know this: Sara extended the challenge. 😀
The first few months of 2012 were spent writing and choosing book covers. And occasionally dressing to check the mail.
I don’t really think this was April but isn’t that a pretty red spider?!
Sneaking up on dead insects- that’s what I do best.
And I thought I was busy…
The grass was starting to grow so I got a couple of goats.
Greedy horn-worm. (His insides were a bright chartreuse)
I went to the mud bogs and broke in a new Nikon. (That was such a bad idea)
Playground on a September day. Oh the ruckus a puppy can cause…
Goodbye dragonfly… So long summertime.
A proud little pumpkin carver 🙂
Golf, a groom and no more balls 😦
A hazy December sunrise and another year closing.
My how time flies on the back of a turtle.