There’s a story told of a Canadian goose who was late to begin the annual flight south. All the other geese in his flock had left weeks earlier. His flight south was miserable. The worse part was the loneliness.
As he flew south, not only was he unhappy because he was alone, he was also very cold. The two coupled together made him very, very despondent. The goose listened intently for the call of other late-flying geese, hoping he might find a flock to merge with. Occasionally he would call out — honking — hoping that his calls would be heard, but no such luck.
Moreover, it began to rain and rain hard it did. Through the course of the night, the rain came down in a torrent and the oh-so-cold air began to blow him off course with such force that he lost all direction. Then came the thunder and lightning, and one particularly loud sonic boom of thunder sent him crashing to the earth where he landed in a cow pasture.
Lying there cold, wet and soaked to the bone from the elements, the goose could not move. As it happened, one of the grazing cows passed right over him. And wouldn’t you know it, the cow farted and took a dump–splat! Right on top of him it fell and covered him all over. Oh, the humiliation of it all and it stank so bad! But wonder of wonders, the cow doo began to warm him, and the bird actually began to relax.
As untoward as it may have been, it was actually turning out to be a pleasant occurrence. Just then a large tomcat came up and began to remove the cow doo. The tom, after having sufficiently — to his satisfaction — removed enough of the cow doo, promptly ATE the goose and walked away.
First off, I think this story has something to say about time management. More importantly however, there is a moral to this story: Because someone just took a dump on you may not be a totally bad thing, nor the person who did it your enemy. Most important and above all, just because someone helps to clean you up does not make them your friend.
Wonder if Aesop was aware of this tidbit?
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