Thursday, November 8, 2012
The Goose That Laid Golden Eggs
There was a poor man who lived with his wife. They lived in an old house at the end of a village. Both the man and his wife were farmers. They reared some geese on their farm. The geese would lay eggs every day.
Then, the farmers would collect the eggs and sell them. They would get some money after selling the eggs.
One day, the farmer was surprised. One of the geese had laid a golden egg. "Come! Come and see this!" he called out to his wife. She came running to the coop. She was surprised to see the golden egg.
" Our goose has laid a golden egg!" she shouted happily. " We will be rich when we sell this golden egg!"
The farmer later went to town. He sold the golden egg to a goldsmith. He was happy to get a lot of money for it. "If the goose lays a golden egg each day, we will be very rich soon!" the farmer said to his wife. The farmer's wish came true. The next day, he went to see the goose again. It had laid another golden egg.
The farmer had a lot of money now. The goose laid a golden egg every day. The farmer and his wife became very rich and lived in a new house.
Soon, the farmer became greedy. One day, he had an idea. He believed that the goose had many golden eggs in its stomach.
"If I cut the goose's stomach, I will get more golden eggs," he thought. So, he took a knife and walked towards the coop. He cut open the goose's stomach. However, he could not find any golden eggs in the goose's stomach. The farmer was very disappointed.
The farmer realised his mistake. The goose was dead and there was no more golden eggs.
This story tells us we should not be greedy or we will lose everything.