25. The Self-Important Insect



A farmer was walking through his fields one evening, headed home. The setting sun was a blazing ball of fire, while the rising moon glowed a brilliant silver.
"How glorious are the sun and the moon!" he exclaimed.
As he continued walking, he heard a tiny voice.
He stopped, looking for the source of the voice.
It was a firefly!
"They are cousins of mine, you know," said the firefly. "I am a creature of fiery light, just like my relatives, the sun and the moon."
The farmer laughed, amused at this tiny creature and its enormous sense of self-importance.

Inspired by: Indian Fables by Ramaswami Raju.
Notes: For more fables about fireflies and glow-worms, see: The Monkey and the Firefly and The Jackdaw and the Glow-Worm.


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