Patrick’s Fables 1:  The Foolish Beaver Brother

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Ok, I admit it…I am a nerd at heart.  From the moment I discovered Aesop’s Fables, I was hooked.  I enjoy reading short stories with underlying moral and ethical content.  One day I asked myself, “Self?  Can you write a fable with underlying Biblical content?”  Of course, I answered myself and said, “Sure I can…  I think.”  Well, anyways, one day I sat down and wrote quite a few.  Here is one of them.  Let me know if I need to stick with my day job.

The Foolish Beaver Brother

The two beaver brothers set out to build a new home for themselves and their families.  The wise beaver brother said, “Let us go to the Carpenter Beaver so that we may learn the proper way to build our homes so that they will withstand the fury of nature’s storms, wind, and cold.”  The foolish beaver brother quickly dismissed his brother’s suggestion.  “Why, the Carpenter Beaver is nothing but an old fool with outdated ways. Anyone with any sense can build a home.”

Unable to resolve their dispute, the two beaver brothers parted ways.  The wise beaver brother received blue prints from Carpenter Beaver on how to build a home that could withstand the forces of nature.  The foolish beaver brother relied on his intellect alone refusing all help.

Months after both beaver brothers had finished their homes, a violent storm arose.  With pelting rain and violent winds, the house of the foolish beaver brother was soon destroyed.  Barely escaping deaths hand, the foolish Beaver Brother, with family in tow, made his way to his brother’s house which was still standing strong despite the severity of the storm.  “Lowering his head in shame the foolish Beaver Brother cried, “I should have listened, but I foolishly thought I knew more than Carpenter Beaver.”

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.    (Proverb 16:25 NKJV)

 

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11 comments on “Patrick’s Fables 1:  The Foolish Beaver Brother
  1. You have a day job??? Seriously, good fable brother, Patrick!

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  2. I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow the house down.” :>) You’ve got a few stories to catch Lewis Carroll, but you have a good start. Enjoyed it. Quick, simple read.

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  3. Wally Fry says:

    Hi Patrick

    Look, I am a pretty basic guy. Anything that can take a complex idea and break it down to easy to swallow points is a good thing. There are more than enough big, thick, theology tomes out there. The Christian teaching world needs more simple. Good job.

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  4. LOL! I am delighted I did not miss this one. Always enjoy a good beaver story.

    Loved this, “The foolish beaver brother relied on his intellect alone refusing all help.” Yep, like “lean not unto your own understanding” little beaver. We just aren’t as smart as we like to think we are.

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