Friday Fable. Aesop’s “The Kid and the Wolf”*

Posted by jlubans on August 28, 2014

Caption: "Who's your daaaa-aady? Who's your daaaa-aady?"

“A KID standing on the roof of a house, out of harm's way, saw a Wolf passing by and immediately began to taunt and revile him. The Wolf, looking up, said, ‘Sirrah! I hear thee: yet it is not thou who mockest me, but the roof on which thou art standing.’"

“Time and place often give the advantage to the weak over the strong.”
Or, from another moralist:
“Do not say anything at any time that you would not say at all times.”

In Oklahoma they say, “Don’t let your alligator mouth overrun your canary tail.” I learned pretty much to ignore the nay-saying and nit-picking of my proverbial "roof critics". Like the wolf, I knew who was doing the talking! Had these critics proof of their actions and achievements than I might have been impressed and taken notice. But, invariably, the loudest (and hollowest) mocking came from those with the weakest records.

*Source: AESOP’S FABLES By Aesop Translated by George Fyler Townsend (probably from this edition): “Three hundred and fifty Aesop’s fables”. Chicago, Belford, Clarke & Co., 1886.
Available at the Gutenberg Project.

Copyright 2014 John Lubans

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