Morals for kids – Aesop’s Fables – The Fox And The Crane
Always listen and respond.
Once upon a time, there was a Fox and a Stork who were very good friends. One day the Fox invited the Stork to dinner.
Fox: Would you like to come to dinner?
Stork: Sure. What will you cook?
Fox: It will be a surprise!
Stork: When and at what time shall I come?
Fox: How about tomorrow night at seven?
Stork: Sounds good to me. See you tomorrow.
Fox: See you… and be on time!
Stork: I will!
The next day the Stork arrived on time at Fox`s house.
Fox: Hello! Come and sit down… dinner is ready.
Stork: Tell me…what did you cook?
Fox: I cooked a delicious soup…I`m sure you will like it!
But when the Stork sat down at the table, the fox served the soup in a very shallow dish.
Fox: What`s wrong?
Stork: It`s just that I can`t eat it with my long break.
Fox: Oh? Well at least you can wet the end of your long bill in it, right?
Stork: Well… yes, but… never mind…anyway I hope you will return this visit, and come and dine with me soon.
Fox: Of course I will.
Stork: How about tomorrow night?
Fox: I`ll be there!
So that night the Stork went home hungry. The next day the Fox showed up on time at the Stork´s home.
Stork: Come in, my good friend… I was expecting you.
Fox: What did you cook?
Stork: Since you are my special host, I cooked your favorite food… a delicious soup!
Stork: Sure… come and sit down… dinner is served.
But the Fox was surprised to see that the soup was served in a very long-necked jar with a narrow mouth.
Fox: The soup indeed looks delicious, but my good friend… I can`t even insert my snout in this jar!
Stork: Oh? Well at least you can lick the outside of the jar, right?
Fox: Well… yes… but… never mind.
Stork: Listen, my good friend, I am not sorry to say this… but one bad turn deserves another.
Understanding is essential in every matter.