In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. "Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?" "I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same." "Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It is best to prepare for the days of necessity. In this fable by Aesop, a grasshopper and an Ant cross paths. The Ant is struggling to carry an ear of corn to its nest. The Grasshopper was having a good time singing and dancing. The Grasshopper tried to convince the Ant to stop its work and come with the Grasshopper. The Grasshopper did not see the reason why the Ant would work so hard for food when there was plenty of food at present. When the winter came the Grasshopper was dying of starvation because he failed to prepare food. The Ants were distributing corn and grain that they collected in the summer. The moral of this story is that thinking forward to the future is important because the conditions at present may not last forever. It is important to prepare for a day when necessities are scarce.
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