Friday Fable. Aesop’s “THE MOON AND HER MOTHER”*

Posted by jlubans on October 10, 2014

“The Moon once begged her Mother to make her a gown. ‘How can I?’ replied she; ‘there's no fitting your figure. At one time you're a New Moon, and at another you're a Full Moon; and between whiles you're neither one nor the other.’"

I have to admit, my main reason in selecting this fable is Arthur Rackham’s poignant illustration; the mildly exasperated seamstress-mom with the adolescent daughter. As for a moral, well it may have to deal with not knowing who you are, generally an attributable quality of any teenager. More pertinently, changeable personalities are the dickens to deal with at work. A moody boss is not an easy person, especially given the power relationships. Give me the unflappable leader, rain or shine, whose imperturbability calms and lets reason prevail.

*Source: AESOP'S FABLES A NEW TRANSLATION BY V. S. VERNON JONES WITH AN INTRODUCTION By G. K. CHESTERTON AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY ARTHUR RACKHAM (Publisher: London: W. Heinemann; New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1912). Available at Gutenberg.

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