‘Well, little one,’ said a Tree to a Reed that was
growing at its foot, ‘why do you not plant your feet
deeply in the ground, and raise your head boldly in the air
as I do?’
‘I am contented with my lot,’ said the Reed. ‘I may not
be so grand, but I think I am safer.’
‘Safe!’ sneered the Tree. ‘Who shall pluck me up by the
roots or bow my head to the ground?’ But it soon had to
repent of its boasting, for a hurricane arose which tore it
up from its roots, and cast it a useless log on the ground,
while the little Reed, bending to the force of the wind,
soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
Moral Lesson: Obscurity often brings safety.