I lost the book but for some reason, I wanted to replace it - it was a "unique" and interesting little book. I somehow managed to track it down and just recently I picked it up again and this is one of my favourite stories because it strikes a chord in so many ways. I have paraphrased it to remove all copyright issues.
The Muddy Road.
Two monks were travelling along a muddy road. They came to a river.
By the bank of the river, a beautiful girl in a lovely silk kimono was waiting, unable to cross.
"I'll help you" said the first monk and carried her across.
The second monk did not speak until that evening. Then he could hold back no longer.
"We do not go near females, especially young and lovely ones. It is dangerous - why did you do that?"
"I left the girl there," said the first monk. "Why are you still carrying her?"
This is my modern take.
The kids are monk 1. I am monk 2. The kids have played up and I have yelled at them. They have forgotten everything in a shake of a lambs tail. I am still seething.
They win. I lose.
What's your take?
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