The Farmer and his Sons

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"The Farmer and his Sons" by Aesop

A Farmer, on the point of death, wished to be sure that his sons would give the same attention to his farm as he himself had given it. He called them to his bedside and said, "My sons, there is a great treasure hidden in one of my vineyards." The sons, after his death, took their shovels and hoes and carefully dug over every portion of their land, turning over dirt and patting it down again. They found no treasure, but they had inadvertently tilled the whole field, and the vines repaid their labor with an extraordinary and super-abundant crop.

And so the farmer's sons learned an important lesson: