The first draft of an ancient fable that said the right things, the wrong way:
A child ran into the woods and came upon a wise dog. The dog, sitting on a rock enjoying a lazy afternoon while sipping a mojito, saw the child and the child’s tears and wondered what was happening to cause such strife.
“Child,” the dog asked, “what troubles you? What has happened to cause such strife in a young person’s life?”
The child wiped away a wave of tears and replied, “the village elders think I know nothing, but I know a lot! I know more than them!”
The dog held back the laughter caused by the child’s statement. “Child, your elders have seen and experienced much in this world. Time holds many secrets and many lessons. You must have a long friendship with Time before you too will know its secrets,” the dog said, sincerely.
“But I already know stuff! I know how to hunt and harvest. I know how to weave and wade. They all dismiss me as though I know none of this!” The child remained steadfast in his perception of being slighted by the village elders.
“I argue that they simply want you to know your limitations. You may know how to harvest, but do you know when to plow the field? You can wade in the water, but do you know when the tide will rise? These are things only Time can teach you,” the dog said.
“Time is the worst!” The child shouted.
It the was the shriek of the child’s voice that triggered the giant trap-door spider to lunge and encase its prey.
“That was wonderfully executed,” the dog said to the spider.
“We’ll eat for days!” The spider said.
“The power of teamwork, my friend. The true moral of any story,” the dog said.
“Yes! Teamwork does indeed make the dream work!” The spider said before moving back into its hole.
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