|My story is an item written recently for The New Horizons Writing Academy. I took the Tell Me A Story class, and studied how to write fables, parables, myths and legends. This is my first attempt at a fable. If you've not read a fable recently, check out Aesop's Fables, http://www.aesopfables.com. That will give you an idea of what I was trying to accomplish.
This fable is based on a real story, rather than the mammals being human they are animals to fit with the fable idea. Only one paragraph is made up.
I hope you enjoy it.
"Honey, I just feel so bad." Betty Horse said to her husband, Herman. "All the neighbors keep doing things for us since you've been in the hospital. Mr. Moose and Mr. Cow clean the snow on our sidewalks. Mr. Elk helps start our cars when the weather has been so cold and the cars won't start. He has gone above and beyond what one would expect."
"I agree with you there." Herman responded to Betty as he brushed her gorgeous mane. She sure missed his love and care when he was in the hospital. He had a lot of work getting all the tangles out when he came back home.
He continued by saying, "And Mary Elk has brought over food, cookies at Christmas time, and the other ladies on the street have brought over food also. I really wish I would finish healing so I could get back to work and pay them back some way."
"And don't forget last summer, Mr. Elk helped me keep the front lawn mowed when I was so busy working and running the business for you. I kept telling him he didn't have to do that, but he kept helping out. If only we could make a lot more money this summer when you return to work, but we'll be catching up on all the bills for a long time to come. I guess the best thing we can do is pray for them and their families."
"Oh, look Herman, Ed Moose is outside. I'm going over there to thank him for shoveling the sidewalks for us today, before I got out there to do it myself. See you in a few minutes." Out the door, Betty hurried quickly clip, clopping down the road.
"Out of breath, in the icy wintry air, Betty neighed, "Ed, just wanted to thank you from Herman and myself for all the times this winter you've helped us out by blowing off our sidewalks and cleaning the end of our driveway. We really appreciate all you've done to help out. We wish we could do something for your family."
Ed Moose looked at her in surprise, with his bushy eyebrows raised. "Why, I'm only helping you all out as Herman has helped others. Don't you remember last winter when he cleaned out not only Kim Mouse's sidewalk, but her driveway also? And not only one time, but almost each time it snowed".
When Betty returned home, she gave Herman a big horsey hug and said, "You know, sometimes last year I was a bit miffed when you wasted our gas helping out Mrs. Mouse, especially since she has two boys that could do the work for her. And sometimes I wished you were doing more to help around here, but now I'm glad because I see that 'one good turn deserves another'. I understand better the saying that we should treat others as we want to be treated.