The Robins' Series - Part-One
Day-One "Cleverness" - Five-Day Fable Writing Challenge
Shut Up & Write March Fable Writing Challenge: Day-One [Cleverness]Cleverness is a virtue; but there are times when acting clever is worse than acting simply. In ”The Fox and the Cat,” 19 both animals are chased by a pack of dogs but react in very different ways. The cat goes for the only trick she knows and runs up into a tree, while the fox, with all of his fancy tricks, gets caught because he tries to make it too complicated. Depending on how you look at the story, the moral could be “it is better to be a master of one, than a jack of all trades,” or “common sense is always worth more than cunning.” Whichever moral you draw from the fable, this story shows how you can get in trouble when you overthink a solution. Today we are going to write our own fable about the dangers of being too clever. What characters will fill your pages? What animal, inanimate object personified, or natural force screams “too clever” to you?
"You aren't nearly as clever as you think you are," the Mrs. cajoled.
"I am too clever," the Mr. exclaimed.
"Prove it," the Mrs. challenged. "Build me a love-nest."
"Well, that is almost too easy. Not a challenge at all. Like taking worms from a hatchling," the Mr. rolled his eyes at the simplicity of the so-called challenge.
"Get cracking, then! I have the perfect spot in mind," the Mrs. instructed as she elongated one perfectly formed blush-colored wing toward the most gloriously lush weeping willow tree.
"Aah. Just like you to pick the most challenging of all trees. Don't you worry your pretty little birdbrain, dear. I've gotcha covered," the Mr. grinned, as much as his little pecker allowed him to. He smiled even wider, dropping down into the garden to pluck a ball of fuzz off a dying dandelion. "The foundation is the most important part of any love-nest," he instructed his recent bride. "You just sit back and watch my little pecker do all the work, my little chickadee."
The Mrs. chuckled under her breath as she began preening and smoothing her fluffy down. It was just like a man to always brag about his little pecker. She would sit back and allow him to impress her. Let his beak do all the work.
By Lisa H. Owens
Inspired by a 5-Day Shut Up & Write Fable Writing Challenge
March, 2021 Day-One
See: The Bird's Life part-two
See: Never A Swan part-three
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