Layla was a beautiful , polite and
obedient little girl . However , she had one major flaw in her personality.
Layla was lazy and she detested work . She did do her homeworks nor studied her
lessons . On account of her low grades , Layla was constantly scolded by her
mother . In addition to her mother , Layla was scolded and punished by her
teacher for not making any efforts to study.
Unfortunately , Layla passed her time
playing in the garden , building sandcastles and picking flowers. One day, as
Layla went to the garden , she noticed a pile of dry straws. As she moved closer , she noticed a lot of
grains spread in the sun and an army of busy ants . She asked an ant : "
What are you doing there , little ant ? " . " I am preparing provisions for winter .
Then , all of us ants will put them in our ant-hill " , said the ant .
"The task is difficult and we are small , but we are active and
perservering " , the ant continued.
Layla said : " I have to strain
myself ; my father brings us food and takes care of us ". Layla continued : ” In winter , our houses ,
made of solid stones , protects us from the cold wind and rain . I don't have
to work nor tire myself ". " You lazy little girl " , said the
ant , " you seem to lack a lot of
experience " . The ant continued ,
" Nothing comes without effort and hard work . While you play in the
garden , your father sweats and works " . What if your father falls sick ?
... I dout if you would enjoy yourself , like you do now , " said the ant
. " I believe we feel more pleasure
when we have worked hard. Then, rest is worth it " .
Throughout the conversation , Layla was
intently listening and was convencied of the ants words . Hurriedly ,
she went back to the house . Layla sat at her table ansd started to study. She
worked very hard for a full mounth. As a consequence of her hard work , Layla
passed the exams . Her parents and her teacher were quiet pleased . From that
day on , and thanks to the words of the
ant , Layla became industrious in her
THE FARMER &
long and tiring day in the fields , the
bull , exahausted , returned to the stable , panting . weak from fatigue , the bull collapsed on the
ground , moaning in complaints . Watching , the donkey said to the bull : " What is the matter
, my friend ? You are in really deplorable state " . The bull replied : " I am exahausted.
The fields are vast and the farmer is without pity".
The donkey advised the bull not to
accept work like a slave or , at least ,
to try and avoid working. The bull reminded the donkey that it was difficult to
stand up against the man who exploits the animals. " Man will not hesitate
to get rid of an inactive and unproductive animal . To fake it and avoid work!
How to do it?"
The donkey suggested : " Pretend
you are ill. Do not eat. Do not drink . You will be really ill " . "
When he notices that you are incapable of even standing .. or moving , our
master will let you rest ". The
master who understand the language of animals , heard the conversation between
the donkey and the bull.
The next morning , carrying his personal
things in a bag, the farmer went to the stable . He found the bull lying on the
ground . The animal , exausted and looking ill, was moaning in pain . Leaving
the bull, the man approashed the astonished donkey , took hold of him and took
him in a docile way to the fields. Buckled to the heavy blough , the donkey worked laboriously the vast fields
throughout the day.
When night fell, breathless and extremely
tired, the donkey returned to the stable, where the bull was resting . The bull
, obviously less tired after a full day of rest , enquired with the donkey on
how did he manage. The donkey replied : " My friend , I have some alarming
news " . I heard our master say :
" If the bull is not in shape by tomorrow , I will have to cut his throat " . As
such I advise you to eat well , regain
your strength, lest you will face some misfortune " . The bull followed the advice of the friend who said " we should not occupy ourselves with the affairs of others
A fox was so
hungry he felt he was going to die. In spite of his weakness , the fox went
searching for something to appease his hunger . Somewhere near a farm , the fox
found a pretentious rooster, perched on a wall , singing at "
the-top-of-his-voice " .
Proudly shaking his red comb, the rooster
looked like an easy prey to the fox. The fox knew that most of the pretentious
are " feeble-minded . Thinking of a way to eat the rooster and
after a one-week forced fasting , the fox was pacing back and forth .
With a stick in the hand , the fox
carefully approached the rooster always singing , perched on the wall . The
rooster was surprised to see a fox approaching , leaning with difficulty on a
stick . With a weak voive the fox said to the rooster . " Hello , king of
birds and undisputed master of the hens ! " The rooster asked : " Why
the flattery talks ? crippled fox ... Can't you be sincere ? "
The fox threw
the stick away and said to the rooster . " You are good ... One can hide
nothing from you ! " As a matter of fact , I wanted to test you to see
weather you fulfil the difficult role of a king ! " A community of hens
have entrusted me with the task of finding a beautiful and brave rooster "
A rooster with a beautiful comb who
would be crowned as their king . Farewell , I have no time to waste . The fox
left , moving in small paces , hoping for the rooster to follow without delay .
The fox was worried for a moment. Did the rooster change his mind ? The fox was
pleasantly surprised to find the rooster in front , walking in large paces.
The fox caught the rooster who believed
the flatterer . Then, the fox strangled him. While plucking the rooster , the
fox had saliva dripping from his mouth . What a well-deserved feast. Satisfied
, the fox thought : " Now , let's look for another " pretentious