The Ant and the Grasshopper
A fable by Aesop
Once there was an ant and a grasshopper. The ant worked very hard. He worked and worked all day. He made a lovely house. Every day, the ant would work and look for bread or food. Every time he got a piece of food, he would eat just a little, then save the rest for winter.
The grasshopper on the other hand, was very lazy. The grasshopper liked to sing and relax all every day. He didn’t work to save food. The grasshopper would just sing and play music. He would relax in the sun.
Then autumn came. The leaves were falling and all the little ants and grasshoppers were gathering food before there was no more. The ant worked very hard.
“Save your food,” warned the ant. But the grasshopper was lazy and didn’t go work. “Build a house. Winter is coming,” said the ant. But again the grasshopper ignored the ant. He just relaxed and played music in the autumn sun.
Then the days grew cold. The sun was not enough. The grasshopper needed a house to protect him from the winter.
He knocked on the ant’s door. “Please let me stay in your house for winter.”
“What were you doing all summer and autumn?” asked the ant.
“Playing music and relaxing in the sun,” said the grasshopper.
“No, you can not come in. You should have made a house,” said the ant.
“Please give me some food at least,” said the grasshopper.
“No, you should have looked for food,” replied the ant.
The grasshopper left the ant’s house. He had no food and no house for the winter.