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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Getting Stung

If David is a selfish son-of-a-bitch, I'm a toad. In the fable, a scorpion asks a toad to assist him in crossing a river. The frog refuses because he knows that the scorpion will sting him. The scorpion promises not to sting the frog, saying that if he stung the frog then the scorpion would drown. The frog agrees and takes the scorpion on his back. The frog swims halfway across the river when the scorpion stings the frog. As the two begin to sink, the frog asks, "Why did you sting me? Now we will both die." The scorpion replies, "I can't help it, it's in my nature."

Someone I knew once told me this story. I know why now. Even the scorpion knows he can't keep a promise, but that never stops him from trying. The toad though, has no excuse. I wish I could elaborate, but that will take time while I keep watch for the scorpion.

1 comment:

Forgotten said...

I was told a similar story. A kind old woman finds a poisonous snake in the road that had been badly injured. The old woman, feeling sorry for it, takes it home and nurses it back to health from the brinks of death. The woman goes to check on him one day, and the snake bites her. As she is dying, she asks "Why did you do that?! I helped you and saved your life, and this is how you repay me?"
Snake replies, "But you knew I was a snake..."
Wish I had heard that story a bit sooner...:-)