The Old Man and His Young Son – Aesop Fable

As Adapted and Retold by Storyteller Grace Wolbrink – All Rights Reserved @2010

donkey-310798_1280Standing in a narrow, splintered wooden pen, an old man and his young son assisted a first time Mother giving birth to . . . OH MY! . . . Yes, I guess it is . . . Sniff, Wow! A lavender-scented, pink polka doted, pork-a-belly donkey! Quite sure to be the first, possibly only one of its kind ever conceived, birthed, delivered. The day came, as it does for many a growing donkey, to make its way into service at the local market place.

Riddled with fear and uncertainly of the Market buzz and marketability of such an animal, the old man, his young son and their lavender-scented, pink polka-dotted pork-a-belly donkey started on their journey. Stopping along the road way, they meet a large group of well-meaning travelers, also on their way to the market place. The old man and his young son heard:

“Nay I say. Nay I say. Who would pay for a lavender-scented, pink polka-dotted, pork-a-belly donkey?”

“Ah, thought the old man, who would pay for such a creäture.”

Entering a small village, the old man and his young son found a stand with a sign which read:

FOR SALE
Common Sense Marketing:
Donkey Abb Toner – Permanent results guaranteed!

“Hum,” thought the Old Man, “yes, there is nothing better than common sense.”

Purchasing a bottle, they continue on their journey.

Passing some well-meaning merchants along the way, the old man and his young son heard:

“Nay I say, Nay I say, who would pay for a lavender-scented pink polka-dotted tight abb-ed donkey?”

“Ah,” thought the old man, “who would pay for such a creäture?”

Passing a traveling salesman, the sign on his cart read:

FOR SALE
Common Sense Marketing:
Donkey Hair Toner – Permanent Results Guaranteed!

“Hum,” thought the Old Man, “yes, nothing better than common sense.”

Purchasing a bottle, they continue on their journey.

Hearing their music, looking up, the old man and his young son smile at a band of wandering minstrels passing on the other side of the read. The old man and his young son heard them say:

“Nay, I say. Nay I say. Who would pay for a lavender-scented, chemically treated, tight abb-ed donkey?”

“Ah,” thought the old man, “who would pay for such a creäture?”

Passing a vendor set up on the outskirts of the market place, they see a sign which reads:

FOR SALE
Common Sense Marketing:
Authentic Donkey Scent – Permanent Results Guaranteed!

“Hum,” thought the Old Man, “yes, nothing better than common sense.”

Purchasing a bottle, they continue on their way. Entering the Market Place just before nightfall, they pass through the front gate. Above their heads hangs a huge banner which reads:

MARKET BUZZ – SENSATIONS!

Featuring the worlds, quite sure to be the first, possibly the only one of its kind, ever conceived, birthed, delivered – WORLD FAMOUS – Lavender Scented Pink Polka Dotted
Pork-a belly Donkey!

Wealth equaling Millions!

Owner, please sign here. Sale of donkey not required for payment. First in line photo-opt in exchange for payment.

The Proud Sponsors of
Aspiring Beyond the Myth of Common Sense  Marketplace Conformity

For the last time anyone knows, the sign still hangs. The promoters still in search of the stories they once heard of a rare and unique lavender-scented, pink-polka-dotted,
pot-bellied donkey.

 

Until next time . . . Let Your Storyographer’s Jouney Begin!

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