~ 153. The Father and his Lazy Sons ~



An old farmer knew his lazy sons were not ready to take over the farm.
So, when he summoned them to his deathbed, he said, "I am leaving you a great treasure! I buried it in the vineyard."
"Where exactly in the vineyard?" the sons asked.
But the old man died without another word.
The sons dug in the vineyard, hoping to find the treasure.
They dug and they dug and thus they made the vineyard so fertile that they harvested more than ever before.
Then they realized that the fertile soil was the treasure their father had left them.

Inspired byMille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 931 in the book, which is Perry 42.



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