~ 5. Nasruddin, His Son, and the Donkey ~

Nasruddin was going to town with his son. Nasruddin walked while his son rode their donkey.
Someone saw them and scoffed. "Lazy boy! Why must your father walk?"
So the son got off, and Nasruddin got on.
Farther down the road, someone else saw them and said, "Cruel father, making your son walk!"
So they both rode the donkey.
"Poor donkey, carrying two riders!" said the next person they met.
So then they both got off.
"Idiots!" laughed the next person. "At least one of you should ride the donkey!"
"Take note, my son," Nasruddin said. "There's no pleasing everyone."

Inspired by The Wit and Wisdom of Nasraddin Hodja by Nejat Muallimoglu
Notes: This story is on p. 56 of the book. This is also told as an Aesop's fable, and in some Aesopic versions, the donkey falls into the river in the end: Father and Son on the Donkey.

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