Friday Fable. Group 2’s*. “Cat and Mouse.”**

Posted by jlubans on March 11, 2016

Caption: Group 2’s Irēna Morīte reporting out. ©Foto - Anda Saltupe, 2016.

“Once upon a time there lived a Cat and a Mouse. As they knew each other from early childhood they were very close friends. But one day the Cat’s instincts took over – the Cat suddenly grabbed the Mouse and ate it. The next morning the Cat went out to meet his friend – but there was nobody to greet him….”
“Once you've cut the bread, you cannot put it together again.” - Latvian Proverb.

A poignantly sad story of friendship lost, one friend surrenders to base instinct and gobbles up his little buddy.
How often do we say or do things we regret? I recall early in my career, as a manager of several branches, calling up a satellite branch and ordering the assistant to correct a customer’s perceived wrong. I may even have bullied the hapless assistant, “Do you know who I am?” and ordered the change. Shortly after, I heard from the head of the branch in brisk terms what he thought of my high-handedness. He was right.
Sure, I apologized, but like cut bread, the loaf cannot be made whole.

*Group 2: Gunta Dogžina; Ludmila Macpane; Aina Štrāle; Viktorija Surska; Vēsma Klūga; Irēna Morīte.

**This is the second of five original Fables created by small groups at the "Wisdom in a Thimble: Managers and Fables" discussion I led at the National Library of Latvia in Riga, February 24, 2016.

Caption: In an early part of the seminar/discussion. ©Foto: Anda Saltupe 2016
Thirty-five participants in groups of 7 chose one proverb from a provided list of Latvian and African proverbs. The African proverbs came from Kiley Shields' "Puzzling Proverbs: So Why Did The Goat Go Home After It Broke A Leg?"
After choosing a proverb, each group built a unique fable in about 20 minutes.
The February 24 event anticipates the publication of my e-book (tentatively titled the same as the February discussion) and will include100 of the Friday fables along with my commentary, revised and updated, and original illustrations by Béatrice Coron.
Since mid 2012 I’ve blogged on about 175 fables. I’d like to make the e-book also print-on-demand. The tricky part is making sure a nice looking e-book can become a nice looking print-on-demand book. Some I’ve seen “don’t cut the mustard”, as they say.

© Copyright John Lubans 2016

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