The Hare and the Tortoise
The Hare thought the Tortoise was slow.
“You have such short feet,” said the Hare, “no wonder you are so slow!”
“You really think so?” replied the Tortoise. “I bet I can beat you in a race.”
The Hare was taken aback. He never meant to challenge the Tortoise, just tease him.
But here was a serious competitor all ready for a race to the finish. He agreed anyway, “Lets humour this guy,” he thought.
They fixed a goal and set off – Ready, Set, Go – the Hare, very confident and smirking as he looked back over his shoulder at the Tortoise inching forward.
However halfway down the path to the finish, the Hare started to feel very tired and decided that since he had such a headway he might as well rest for a while. But when he lay down to rest he fell into a deep sleep.
The Tortoise in the meanwhile went on in his slow but unchanging, steady pace.
As the Hare slept the Tortoise walked on, past his friend, past the laughing foxes, past the smiling monkeys and straight on to the finish line.
Just as the Tortoise was about to reach the end, the Hare awoke. He couldn’t see the hare anywhere about. All he could see was a little speck in the distance – quite close to the goal – “It’s the Tortoise!” he screamed and bolted down the path.
But the Tortoise had already taken his last step over the finish line.
The Hare was too late. And on making it to end what he saw was his friend, the Tortoise, way past the finish line and fast asleep with a smile on his face.
Slow but steady wins the race.
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