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The Grasshoper and the Ant

-attributed to Aesop

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content.  An Ant walked by, grunting as he carried a plump kernel of corn.

“Where are you off to with that heavy thing?” asked the Grasshopper.

Without stopping, the Ant replied, “To our ant hill.  This is the third kernel I’ve delivered today.”

“Why not come and sing with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of working so hard?” “I am helping to store food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and think you should do the same.” 

“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; “we have plenty of food right now.” 

 

But the Ant went on its way and continued its work.

The weather soon turned cold.  All the food lying in the field was covered with a thick white blanket of snow that even the grasshopper could not dig through.  Soon the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger.

He staggered to the ants’ hill and saw them handing out corn from the stores they had collected in the summer.

Moral of the story:

 “Idleness brings want”