“Come on, let’s twist again like we did last summer.
Yeah, let’s twist again like we did last year…”
The grasshopper was having a ball of a time, singing his heart out and dancing away while the ant frowned in disgust and continued her work, saving for a rainy day. Having a good head on her shoulders and never one to rest on her laurels, she knew that time and tide would wait for no man and soon the much dreaded harsh and cold winter would be here. She, of course, had the foresight to make hay while the sun was still shining to prepare for the long freezing months.
“Hey,” said the grasshopper, “this twisting thing is really fun! Good ol’ Chubby Checker sure knows his stuff.” The ant turned a deaf ear and refused to say a word, knowing that it would be like casting pearls to swine. “Don’t be a wet blanket now, girl! Come and let your hair down! Haven’t you heard that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?”
The ant snapped at the insect, “When the ground is blanketed with snow and there is nothing for you to eat, it will be too late for you to cry over spilt milk!” However, the grasshopper ignored her and starting twisting away again like a maniac in a frenzy.
“…and round and round and up and down we go again…”
True enough, in a blink of an eye, the days grew colder and soon the ground was shrouded with thick blankets of snow. The ant was safe in the confines of her warm and cosy home and was getting ready to hibernate and have her well-earned rest when she heard a knock on the door, so feeble and hardly audible against the howling of the icy-cold blizzard outside that for a while, she brushed it aside as a figment of her imagination.
In the end, she decided to go and check, opening the door just a little bit to peep outside. To her horror, she saw the grasshopper sprawling on her doorstep. “Help me,” he pleaded. “I’m not ready yet to join the Heavenly Choir! After all, as they say, a friend in need is a friend indeed.”
The ant gave him a cold stare and reprimanded, “I told you to get ready for these difficult times but I was like a dog barking at the moon. So now, it’s time for you to face the music. As you sow, so shall you reap!” On that note, the ant slammed the door in the grasshopper’s face…
This is an abridged version of my adapted version (using idioms and proverbs) of the well-known Aesop’s fable for children that was featured in one or my SPM English Language 1119 workbooks…and I thought it has a fitting message for everyone in view of the current economic recession. Save all you can, do away with all those unnecessary spending e.g. on fireworks and firecrackers, and avoid being too extravagant in your preparation for the coming Chinese New Year. Moderation is the key.
Have a nice weekend!
8 thoughts on “I gotta get a message to you…”
Lai, let’s do the Chubby Checker! By the way, was this in the pink workbook we used last time?
Reminds me of my good old days!!! LOL!!…Don’t think it was in the pink one. This edition, I think, a couple of years later.
so i guess open house at your place is out of the question this year?
House is always open and free flow of sky juice! Hahahahahaha!!! Haven’t bought anything yet…rain, rain, rain…and flood, flood, flood…and on the roads, jam, jam, jam!
Did you read the Malaysian political analogy base on this story?
Parody, you mean? If you click the “No title” in the list of related posts, you can see another one – the American version! Poor ant was crucified!!!
And use newspapers for toilet papers…N also this CNY am going grocery shopping in NQR!…. Thanks for all your wisdom,STP!But how if we cut our internet,then cannot comment on STP’s blog?!How lah?!…LOL!
Use water! Healthier!…If things don’t improve, I’ll just disconnect…and stop blogging! Can’t disconnect the old lady’s ASTRO even though double the money, later black face every day! Hahahahaha!!!
I always work hard and do saving for the rainy days. I believe all of us should do the same. When the time comes, we are more than ready 🙂
How’s your CNY preparation? 🙂
Good for you. Haven’t done any preparation yet…as it has been raining non-stop. Mood’s so gloomy…like the weather!
Why is that grasshopper so cute ?? I don’t like real grasshopper 😀
Never judge by appearance! Cute, what for? So lazy, irresponsible, useless…same as when wanna choose a husband or a wife! Hahahahahaha!
I think I posted on a parody on Malaysian political scene using the story above: http://clareng.com/2008/04/03/a-story-of-the-ant-and-the-grasshopper/
Ya, I remember that one. I also got it via email from somebody…
hey that’s Jimminy Crickets! 😀
Hey! Isn’t your name supposed to be Chriso? LOL!!!…No lah! Jiminy Cricket’s cuter…and has a shorter body.