Morals for kids – Aesop’s Fables – The Golden Egg
Patience is a virtue.
Once upon a time, there was a very poor farmer. He was dedicated to his work and whatever he earned was enough to fulfill his needs.
One evening, after returning from work, he was hungry.
Farmer: What shall I cook tonight?
Just then he heard a hen clucking outside his hut.
Farmer: That hen would make a great feast for me.
With a little effort, the farmer caught the hen. As he was about to kill the hen, it squeaked
Hen: Farmer, please do not kill me, I will help you.
Farmer: What is this? A hen that can speak? Hmmm… Ok, I will not kill you. But how can you help me?
Hen: If you spare my life, I will lay a golden egg every day for you.
Farmer: A golden egg? That to every day! But why should I believe you? You might be lying.
Hen: please believe me. If I do not lay a golden egg tomorrow, you can kill me.
Farmer: Fine, I will wait for tomorrow.
The farmer went home and immediately put the hen in a cage. The next day, as soon as he woke up, he went to the chicken house to see if the hen laid the golden egg.
Farmer: Oh… it is true! It’s an egg of solid gold!
He took the egg, went to town, and tried to sell it. He stood in the middle of the street and shouted.
Farmer: Golden egg for sale! Golden egg for sale!
Soon a crowd gathered around him amazed at the golden egg.
Woman 1: How much do you want?
Woman 2: Is it a golden egg?
Farmer: Sure, it is!
Man 1: I want it!
Man 2: No, it’s mine!
Man 3:I’ll buy it! Sell it to me!
Farmer: It’s yours then!… And don’t worry… I will bring another one tomorrow. There are enough for everybody!
The farmer sold the egg and got a good price for it.
The next day, when he woke up, he went straight, to see if there was another golden egg.
Farmer: Good… another golden egg! I’ll sell it right away.
And once again he went to town and sold the egg. After that day, every day, the hen gave him a beautiful golden egg.
Farmer: I am getting richer and richer every day. I am the richest man in town! I have everything a man could want… but… I wonder how I could get more eggs from my hen…
As the farmer grew richer, he also became greedy.
Farmer: I want to have more and more money! I am tired of waiting every day just for one golden egg.
And he thought and thought…
Farmer: I am going to kill the hen and I’ll find the gold mine she has inside. I will have all her treasure at once!
So he cut her open and found nothing at all.
Farmer: This can’t be! Where’s the gold mine? Where’s her treasure? Now I don’t have the hen and It’s golden eggs!
Don`t be impatient and greedy.