Friday, February 26, 2010

Fairy Tale Fridays: The Monkey and the Camel

Special Thanks to my Personal Faery Friend for the Button Art: Ye Olde Faery Shoppe

I apologize that I am a little late in posting Fairy Tale Fridays this week.  I have come down with a horrible cold and have been spending a lot of time in bed!  In fact, as soon as I finish typing this, I will be heading back there for a quick nap!!  Anyways, moving on . . .

This week's selection for Fairy Tale Fridays was actually a fable by Aesop, The Monkey and the Camel.  I chose this one because as I was flipping through my copy, the moral of the story stood out to me.  Before I go any further, however, I want to share this one with you in full because it is a short one.
At a great meeting of the beasts, the monkey stood up to dance, and his performance delighted all those present so much that they honored him with great applause.  Such praise infuriated the camel, who stood up and tried to show up the monkey with his own dancing.  He made such a fool of himself, however, that the beasts became outraged and drove him out of the meeting with clubs.
Stretch your arm no farther than your sleeve will reach.
Why did this moral stand out to me??  I've been feeling lately that I am way to stretched and my sleeve just is not long enough to reach it all!!  I've been re-evaluating a lot of things in my life and am working on making some adjustments to a few things.  Though I am not quite there yet, I do feel that I am getting closer!!

Now, the funny thing is that as I was doing a little internet search about this little fable, I consistently came across a much different moral!  It is actually quite a bit different from the one above . . . .
It is absurd to ape our betters.
As I now write this, I think to myself . . . "Have I just made an ape of myself?"  LOL!!  Ah well!!  If I sound like a fool this time around, then I will just blame it on being sick and all that cold medicine!! 

What version of the fable did you read?  What are your thoughts this week?

Next Week:  Cinderella by The Brothers Grimm

Don't forget about the Fairy Tale Giveaway!  It ends Sunday!!!


  1. Mine had the aping your betters moral. Hope you feel better soon.

  2. I have never even heard of this one!

  3. I used to love Aesop. Thanks for this. :)

  4. This is a new one to me, but I like it! It conjures up all kinds of mine in my post, which may not be quite on target, but I'm thinking we're trying to have fun here...LOL

  5. carolsnotebook . . . Thank you! I'm already feeling better thanks to lots of rest the last couple of days! And, I liked your personal motto the best!! :)

    heidenkind . . . So, what did you think of it??? :)

    white wine types . . . Did you even read the post or were you just trying to get on my top commenter list with a bunch of BS? I will not respond to any other comments!

    Hagelrat . . . You're welcome! It's good to re-visit a little Aesop now and then!! :)

    Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow . . . I'm heading over to read your's right now! And, it is all about the fun!!

  6. Ugh! Hope you get to feeling better soon!

  7. J. Kaye . . . I think I'm through the worst of it already! Thanks!! :)


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