The Man, The Boy And The Donkey Story
One day a man and his son were walking with their donkey to the market. As they walked alongside him, one peasant walked past them and said: “Fools, what is a donkey for if not to ride it?”
So the man put the boy on a donkey, and they hit the road. But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said, “Look at this lazy youth, he lets his father walk while he drives.”
So, the man ordered his boy to get off, and he sat down. But they didn’t get very far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other, “Shame on this lazy boor who lets his poor little son drag along.”
Well, the man didn’t know what to do, but finally, he lifted his boy in front of him on a donkey. By this time they approached the city, and passers-by began to scoff and point fingers at them. The man stopped and asked what they were laughing at.
The men said, “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading your poor donkey and your clumsy son?” The man and the boy went out and tried to figure out what to do. They thought and thought, until finally they cut down the pole, tied the donkey’s legs to it, and lifted the pole and the donkey onto their shoulders.
They walked amid the laughter of everyone who met them, until they came to the Market Bridge, when the donkey, having lost one leg, kicked and made the boy drop the end of the pole.
In the fight, the donkey fell from the bridge and, being bound by the front legs, drowned.
The Man, The Boy And The Donkey Story Moral
“It will teach you,” said the old man who followed them, “please everyone and you won’t please anyone.