Bedtime Story

My friend gave me a book when Liam was born, that used to be her daughters, titled, “The Aesop for Children.” There are some valuable, yet over the top, lessons in this book. I read this one to Liam tonight, and I’m still in awe that I read this to him. Its going to be my most favorite book ever!

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The Tortoise and the Ducks

The tortoise, you know, carries his house on his back. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot leave home. They say that Juniper (whoever in the hell that is) punished him so, because he was such a lazy being that he wouldn’t even go to Juniper’s wedding (which I’m sure he sent a wonderful gift). Oh, and he was especially invited. What a jerk (OK, I don’t like him now either).

Anyways, after many years, the tortoise began wishing he went to that wedding. He was regretting that shit as he watched the birds fly about and the chipmunks run by. He wasn’t able to see the would because of his stupid old house.

One day, he met a pair of ducks and told them of his troubles. They told him they would help him see the world saying, “Take ahold of this stick with your teeth and we will carry you far up in the air so you can see the world. But keep quiet, or you will be sorry.” (I say this to my husband all the time).

The tortious was very thankful. He seized the stick firmly with his teeth and the two ducks took ahold of the stick on either side. They sailed up to the clouds.

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A crow flew by during their flight, and was astonished of the sight. He squawked (or whatever in the hell crows do), “This must surely be the King of the Tortioses!”

Here comes the good part….

“Why certainly–” began the tortoise.

But as he opened his mouth to say those foolish words, he lost hold of the stick. Down he fell to the ground, where he SHATTERED to pieces on a rock. (I swear it says that).

Foolish curiosity and vanity often lead to misfortune.

How awesome is that?!

*Side comments and cuss words added by yours truly.

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6 thoughts on “Bedtime Story

    • I think that may have something to do with it. Along with not making kids mind, not having “winners and losers”, but “participants.” How do they score kids sports where you are? Here in the U.S. they ALL get trophies. That don’t teach shit. There has to be a winner and a loser. Sorry, went off on a tangent there.

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      • You’re right – you need to realise early on that there are winners and losers and it’s ok to lose and lose well as it makes the winning all the sweeter. Kids here don’t always get a trophy by default, but there’s still that idea that everyone can be a footballer/pop star just because they want it – thanks to reality TV and the prominence of football. But it’s not real life. The reality is that most people end up in mediocre jobs, doing their best to tick along and getting knocked by the tough stuff.
        The trouble with sugar-coating life for kids is that you end up with a society full of cavaties.

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