upon a time, long, long ago, the Eagle and
Chicken were very good friends. Everywhere they
went these friends went together. It was not
uncommon for people to look up and see the Eagle
and Chicken flying side by side through the air.
day, while flying, the Chicken said to the Eagle,
"Let's drop down and get a bite to eat. My
stomach is growling." "Sounds like a
good idea to me," replied the Eagle. So the
two birds glided down to earth, saw several
animals eating, and decided to join them. They
landed next to the Cow. The Cow was busy eating
corn, but noticed that the Eagle and the Chicken
were soon sitting on the ground next to her.
"Welcome," said the Cow. "Help
yourself to the corn."
took the two birds by surprise. They were not
accustomed to having other animals share their
food quite so readily. "Why are you willing
to share your corn with us?" asked the Eagle.
"Oh, we have plenty to eat here. Mr. Farmer
gives us all we want," replied the Cow. Well,
t he Eagle and the Chicken jumped in and ate
their fill. When they finished, the Chicken asked
more about Mr. Farmer. "Well," said the
Cow, "he grows all our food. We don't have
to work for the food at all.
mean," said the Chicken, "that Mr.
Farmer simply gives you all you want to eat?"
"That's right," said the Cow. "Not
only that, but he gives us shelter over our heads."
The Chicken and the Eagle were shocked! They had
never heard of such a thing. They had always had
to search for their food and work for shelter.
it came time to leave, the Chicken and the Eagle
began to discuss the situation. "Maybe we
should just stay here," said the Chicken.
"We can have all the food we want without
working. And that barn over there sure beats
those nests we have been building. Besides, I'm
getting tired of always having to work for a
don't know about all this," said the Eagle.
"It sounds too good to be true. I find it
hard to believe that one can get something for
nothing. Besides, I kinda like flying high and
free through the air. And providing for food and
shelter isn't so bad. In fact, I find it quite
the Chicken thought it over and decided to stay
where there was free food and shelter. But the
Eagle decided that he loved his freedom too much
to give it up, and enjoyed the consistent
challenge of making his own living. So, after
saying goodbye to his old friend the Chicken, the
Eagle set sail for the wild blue yonder.
fine for the Chicken. He ate all he wanted. He
never worked. He grew fat and lazy. But then one
day he heard the farmer say to his wife that he
was yearning for fried chicken. Hearing that, the
Chicken decided it was time to check out and
rejoin his good friend Mr. Eagle. But when he
attempted to fly he found that he had grown too
fat and lazy. Instead of being able to fly, he
could only flutter.
the next day the farmer's family sat down to
morale of this story is that you might have to
take on the challenge to work hard towards your
success for a short period of time so you can
harvest the fruit of your efforts in the long run.
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