Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Many years ago three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle, came upon a small village. The villagers, suffering a meager harvest and the many years of war, quickly hid what little they had to eat and met the three at the village square, wringing their hands and bemoaning the lack of anything to eat.

The soldiers spoke quietly among themselves and the first soldier then turned to the village elders. "Your tired fields have left you nothing to share, so we will share what little we have: the secret of how to make soup from stones."

Naturally the villagers were intrigued and soon a fire was put to the town's greatest kettle as the soldiers dropped in three smooth stones. "Now this will be a fine soup", said the second soldier; "but a pinch of salt and some parsley would make it wonderful!" Up jumped a villager, crying "What luck! I've just remembered where some's been left!" And off she ran, returning with an apronful of parsley and a turnip. As the kettle boiled on, the memory of the village improved: soon barley, carrots, beef and cream had found their way into the great pot.

They ate and danced and sang well into the night, refreshed by the feast and their new-found friends. In the morning the three soldiers awoke to find the entire village standing before them. At their feet lay a satchel of the village's best breads and cheese. "You have given us the greatest of gifts: the secret of how to make soup from stones", said an elder, "and we shall never forget." The third soldier turned to the crowd, and said: "There is no secret, but this is certain: it is only by sharing that we may make a feast". And off the soldiers wandered, down the road.

-Author Unknown-


Tiger said...

Where on earth did you get this stuff from, MWS?
It just came out of your head like that? Wow.
I'm thinking of printing out your posts. 1 for each night to read to my boys as bedtime tales, cos' the moral at the end of each story is a good lesson to learn, not just for the young, but everyone.

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Tiger,

Oops - i forgot to include Author Unknown at the end of the story.

I have three blogs (actually 7 blogs bt have locked the other 4 - in other words, suspended animation).

In Masterwordsmith@Writers Inc. (originally my one and only blog), I post tales like this which can reach out to people from all ages and backgrounds, especially to those who don't have much time to read.

I search hundreds of websites to find these gems and when I do, with much joy I share them here.

In my other blog
, I post my musings, creative writing and heavier stuff on self-help, motivation, my literary reviews, poetry, humor other words - the place where I go unplugged haha! Have you been there before?

In my third blog, The Motion of my Thoughts
, I post more academic stuff on politics, environment and other stuff.

Yes, you are right...the tales are beautiful and for some of them, I am so touched that even though I have read them many times, I still get teary.

Thanks for your encouraging comment. How many boys do you have? I have two - 20 yr old and 10 yr old.

Take care!

Blessings to you and yours.