The Hungry Houseguest

Nasruddin arrived at his brother's house late one evening. "You must stay the night!" his brother exclaimed.
He prepared a luxurious bed for Nasruddin with soft sheets and thick blankets. Nasruddin, however, was more hungry than he was sleepy, but his brother had not offered him anything to eat. Nasruddin tossed and turned, but he could not sleep.
In desperation, he woke his brother.
"What's wrong?" asked his brother, alarmed.
"It's the pillow!" said Nasruddin. "It's too soft for me. Would it be alright if I took a loaf of bread from the kitchen to use as a pillow instead?"

Inspired byThe World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #8 in the book.

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