If you’ve been around for a while (that’s my not-so-subtle way of suggesting you just might be close to 50 or older), you may recall a childhood story titled The Little Red Hen. This folktale, which many of us read in our Little Golden Books back in the day, featured a red hen who decided to prepare some much-needed food.
She found a grain of wheat and asked several other farmyard animals to help her plant it. But the pig, the cat and the frog all said “no.”
She also requested their assistance when it came time for harvesting, threshing, milling the wheat into flour and baking the flour into bread. Once again, they all declined to help.
Finally, the delicious bread was ready for eating. This time, the pig, cat and frog all eagerly volunteered to join in.
But the little red hen informed them that because they were unwilling to work, they would not share in her feast.
This story did not have a happy ending for the slothful pig, cat and frog, but it did teach a valuable lesson to kids about the benefits of hard work and the consequences of laziness.
I doubt if kids read those types of books in school anymore. I’m guessing that if there were a Common Core version of this story, the government would force the little red hen to divide her bread evenly between all the animals who refused to work.
And if there were any bread left over, she would be required by law to sell it and use the funds to pay for the other animals’ healthcare insurance.
I know that I’m preaching to the choir here regarding the value of a strong work ethic and the negative results of refusing to work, but I think it’s worth recalling this story when we think about our own preparations for the future.
If a disaster strikes and people who have not prepared know that we have stockpiled food, water and other essential items, we’re going to be hearing from them, either peacefully or violently.
- Prepare for the future.
- Remind family and friends to do the same.
- Be ready to protect what you’ve stored up for the future.
Oh, and while you’re at it, get a copy of The Little Red Hen and read it to your kids or grandkids.
They’ve probably already been taught the government’s version of this story, so it’s time to set the record straight. The Little Red Hen may be an old folktale, but it offers a valuable lesson that should never go out of style.