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The Old Lady

Along time ago there lived a very old lady in a very small hut at the edge of a great forest. With the old lady also lived her three animals, the duck, the cat, and the goat.

Upon returning to her hut the old lady found a bag of wheat in front of her door.  This was a great surprise for the old lady, as she was very poor.  The old lady thought for a while and then decided to call her animals and let them know what she had found.  "Hello my animals, I have found wheat can you please help me sow the wheat so that it may grow," the old lady said to the animals.  The animals just looked at her and being lazy as they were refused to help saying they were to busy.  As a result the poor old lady had to sow the wheat all by her lonesome.

After a few days the wheat began to sprout.  Soon summer came and the wheat had reached full bloom.  The old lady called on her animals again and said,  "I am very old can you please help me collect the harvest."  The animals just looked at her and being lazy as they were refused to help saying they were to busy.  As a result the poor old lady had to collect the wheat all by her lonesome.

The old lady was very sad at the fact that her animals were so unhelpful.  She went out to collect the harvest, and wept as she collected all the wheat.  When the old lady was done with the harvest and was ready to thresh the wheat she called on her animals again to help her and said, "I am very old can you please help me thresh the wheat."  The animals just looked at her and being lazy as they were refused to help her once again saying they were to busy.  As a result the poor old lady had to thresh the wheat all by her lonesome.

The old lady then brought the wheat to the mill and made it into flour.  She then brought the flour to her small hut and made into bread and placed it into the oven for baking.

When the bread was ready the old lady called all the animals to the table and asked, "Who would like to eat the bread that I made?"  All the animals in one voice yelled, "Me, Me, I would like to eat!"  The old lady then looked at the animals and said, "I will eat the bread by lonesome as you did not help me when you could have, and yet you still want to eat, whoever does not work when they have ability to do so does not deserve to eat!"  The old lady then sat down and ate all the bread she had made as her animals all looked on in hunger.  The animals then learned the valuable lesson that when someone asks for your help you should help them, as many times you end up helping yourself.

 

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