It was a fine summer day. In a field, a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, carrying an ear of corn and was taking it to the nest.
"Why not come and join me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of carrying such a heavy load in that way?"
"I am collecting food for the winter," said the Ant, "and I also invite you to do the same with me."
"Why bother about winter from now itself?" said the Grasshopper; "we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its work.
When the winter came the Grasshopper had no
food and found itself dying of hunger, while it
saw the ants distributing every day corn and
grain from the stores they had collected in the
summer. Then the Grasshopper came to know:
Moral: It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.