The Grasshopper and the Ants

In a large and beautiful field on one warm and lovely summer’s day, a grasshopper was happily hopping about. He was chirping and dancing and singing to his heart’s content.

“Ah what a glorious summer. How beautiful the sun shines. I may just relax and dance and sing until the summer ends.”

He was lying down when he saw a group of ants walked by. They were working hard. They were struggling as they were carrying corn and wheat and rice seeds. They were working without rest and the Grasshopper was amused.

The Grasshopper said, “Where are you going with such heavy food? Why don’t you eat them here instead of carrying it back home?”

The ant replied, “We are not eating them. We are storing the seeds. We are saving up for winter. This is the fourth seed that I have stored today.”

The Grasshopper teased, “Why do you ants work so hard when you can dance and sing all summer.”

The ants said to him, “The winter is soon coming and I suggest you start to save.”

The grasshopper laughed at them and merrily started to chirp ignoring them completely, “Winter is so far away and I have so many months to save food. Let me enjoy for the time being.”

Soon the winter came and the grass and the crops dried out. Snow covered the land and the Grasshopper could not find any food anymore and began to starve. He struggled and reached the ant hill and begged for food.

The ants were horrified, “What? Did you not save any food for the winter? What were you doing the entire summer?”

“I did not have any time in the Summer to store food. The weather was so warm and shiny and glorious that I was singing and dancing all summer.”

“Ah, such a delight” said the ants, “Maybe you can dance and sing all winter away and leave us alone.”

Moral: “There’s a time for work and a time for play.”

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