Once upon a time, there was a little sparrow who hated to fly south for the winter. He dreaded the thought of leaving his home so much that he decided he would delay the journey until the last possible minute. After bidding a fond farewell to all his sparrow friends, he went back to his nest and stayed for an additional four weeks.
Finally the weather turned so bitterly cold that he could delay no longer. As the little sparrow took off and started to fly south, it began to rain. In a short time, ice began to form on his little wings. Almost dead from cold and exhaustion, he fell to the earth in a barnyard. As he was breathing what he thought was his last breath, a horse walked out of the barn and proceeded to cover the little sparrow with fertilizer. At first the sparrow could think of nothing except that this was a terrible way to die. The fertilizer started to sink into his feathers and warm him and life began to return to his little body. He also found that he had enough room to breathe.
Suddenly the little sparrow was so happy he began to sing. At that moment, a large cat came into the barnyard; and hearing the chirping of the little bird, began digging in the pile of fertilizer to find where the sound was coming from. The cat finally uncovered the bird and ate him!
Now this story has three morals…
1) When you are warm and comfortable, even if it is in a pile of poo — Keep Your Mouth Shut!
2) Not everyone who poops on you is your enemy.
3) Not everyone who takes the poo off you is your friend.
My mama always said, it you can’t look on the bright side of life, then polish the dull side (but keep yer mouth shut about it)!
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Alyssa @KeepingTheKingdomFirstJuly 8, 2008 at 9:33 pm (15 years ago)
Now THAT was quite a shocking twist at the end. Excellent advice. Your mama is a very wise woman.
emilyJuly 9, 2008 at 2:27 pm (15 years ago)
i love it! and i know just what you mean. sometimes it’s impossible to see the bright side. you’ve just got to polish the dull side of life.
Megan (FriedOkra)July 10, 2008 at 5:45 am (15 years ago)
Great story with a great lesson. You’re a modern day Aesop, I tell you! 🙂
Megan (FriedOkra)July 10, 2008 at 5:47 am (15 years ago)
Another lesson – if you’re a snowbird, don’t try to delay departure because November’s pretty — go with the flock and get the heck outta dodge while you still have a chance. December’s comin’ and it ain’t gonna be purty.