Labor Day II – The Farmer and His Sons


The Farmer and His Sons

A rich old farmer, who felt that he had not many more days to live, called his
sons to his bedside. "My sons," he said, "heed what I have to say to you. Do not
on any account part with the estate that has belonged to our family for so many
generations. Somewhere on it is hidden a rich treasure. I do not know the exact
spot, but it is there, and you will surely find it. Spare no energy and leave no
spot unturned in your search."
The father died, and no sooner was he in his grave than the sons set to work
digging with all their might, turning up every foot of ground with their spades,
and going over the whole farm two or three times.
No hidden gold did they find;
but at harvest time when they
had settled their accounts and
had pocketed a rich profit far
greater than that of any of their
neighbors, they understood that
the treasure their father had told
them about was the wealth of a
bountiful crop, and that in their
industry had they found the
treasure. Industry is itself
a treasure.


There is no substitute for hard work

Reprinted from Milo Winter’s
illustrated version of The Aesop for Children
(public domain).

Holy Spirit Interactive Kids: Aesop’s Fables: The Farmer and his Sons


Whistle While You Work

Just whistle while you work
And cheerfully together we can tidy up the place
So hum a merry tune
It won’t take long when there’s a song to help you set the pace
And as you sweep the room
Imagine that the broom is someone that you love
And soon you’ll find you’re dancing to the tune
(Spoken: Oh, no, no, no, no! Put them in the tub)
When hearts are high the time will fly so whistle while you work
*(Another version)*
Just whistle while you work
Put on that grin and start right in to whistle loud and long
Just hum a merry tune
Just do your best and take a rest and sing yourself a song
When there’s too much to do
Don’t let it bother you, forget your troubles,
Try to be just like a cheerful chick-a-dee
And whistle while you work
Come on get smart, tune up and start
To whistle while you work

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2 Responses to Labor Day II – The Farmer and His Sons

  1. Lizzie-Beth4Him says:

    Again, wonderful fables and videos.  Oh, they do bring back childhood memories for both my husband and I!

  2. JoAnn says:

    I\’m with Lizzie-Beth, wonderful stories and videos!

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