The Man, the Boy and the Donkey
A story from Turkey
One day Hodja and his son were going on a
journey. Hodja's son rode the donkey.
They passed people on the road. The people
pointed at the son. "Look at that lazy boy," they
said. "Fancy him riding the donkey while his father
has to walk!"
So the son got off the donkey. Hodja got onto the
donkey and they went on their way.
They met some more people. The people looked at
them and said, "Look at that cruel father. He rides
the donkey and lets his poor little son walk!"
Come and ride the donkey with me," said Hodja. So
his son climbed on the donkey in front of him.
They passed some more people. This time they
said, "Look at those wicked people riding on that
poor little donkey."
"Let us get down," said Hodja. "Let us both walk."
So they did.
"My son," said Hodja, "You have learnt today that,
whatever you do, someone will find fault with you."
They passed another group of people. This time the
people laughed and pointed. "Look at those stupid
people," they said. "They have a donkey yet they
walk in the hot sun!"