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The Good Bee

Along time ago the Turtle, the Spider, the Wasp, and the Bee were all brothers.  The Mother that they all shared became very sick and on her deathbed she called for her children.  She was sure that all her children would rush to her side as she had been the best mother the world had ever seen.

When the Turtle heard of his Mother's illness he said, "I'm to busy now I'm washing my clothes my Mother can wait."  Upon hearing this the Mother became very angry and threw a curse on him saying, "May you and all your descendants where your washing board on your back."  In this manner the Turtle came to have the shell it wears on its' back.

When the Spider  heard of his Mother's illness he said, "I'm to busy now I'm weaving a great weave  my Mother can wait."  Upon hearing this the Mother  became very angry and threw a curse on him saying, "May you and all your descendants weave, weave and may you never create a weave that will last for time."  In this manner the Spider came to create beautiful webs that would not last the test of time.  Webs that would always to be destroyed by passer by's or a strong wind.

When the Wasp heard of his mother's illness he said, "I'm to busy now I'm creating something in the mud."  Upon hearing this the mother became very angry and threw a curse on him saying, "May all you create turn into poison."  In this manner the Wasp cannot create anything that appears of value.

When the Bee heard of his Mother's illness he said, "Oh my poor dear Mother I must rush to her side she has been so kind to us."  The Bee at the time was baking bread and ran to his Mother with the flour still on his hands.  The Mother upon seeing her only good child praised the Bee and from her heart she said, "May you and all your descendants create the sweetest products so that all may eat from you."  In this manner the Bee was blessed to create honey so that all may eat from its' blessed hands.  

It is said, "That nothing is more dangerous than a curse of a mother, nor nothing more lucky than her heartfelt praise."

 

Directly Related:

A parent's curse A directly related Greek Superstition! What could certainly be more dangerous than a parent's curse in Greek superstition? 
A Parent's curse  This is a Greeks saying associated with losing a parent's blessing what could possibly be worse!

 

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