|Story No 43|
43-You Cannot Keep Everybody Happy
There were an old man, his young son and a donkey. They were going to town. All set off on their journey. Both were going on foot and following the donkey.
At one place some people were standing. They said to the father - "Why are you going on foot? What for this donkey is? Take a ride and go. This donkey is for carrying only." The old man thought the the man was saying right so thinking that the boy was younger, he asked his son to ride on the donkey. So the boy rode on the Jack Ass and the old man walked behind the donkey.
As they went along, after a while they passed some other people who remarked that it was a shame that the old man was walking and the young boy was riding, he should have cared for his old father. The man and the boy thought that maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions. Now the old man was riding the donkey and the boy was following them.
After a while they passed some other people who thought that the boy was stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride, so they remarked, "Why are you both walking? You have a good donkey to sit upon, you both can sit on the donkey. That is what it is for?" They both thought that they were right so they then decided that they both would ride it, and they both rode the donkey.
Again they passed some people who shamed them by saying how awful it was to put such a load on a poor donkey. The boy and man figured out they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey on their shoulders. They tied its legs and put it on their shoulders and continued their journey.
As they crossed the bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and it fell into the river and drowned.
[If you try to please everyone, you might as well... Kiss your ass goodbye!]
Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 05/04/13