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Well, it’s the end of the summer and I’m taking a vacation.  I’m off to Cape May, New Jersey next week. I’ll be back restored for September with more idle thoughts about entrepreneurship and sales.

But for this week I just wanted to share this revised take on the fable of “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” sent to me by my friend and fellow business owner Terri Guarnieri last week.  It’s provenance is a gentleman named Howard Davidow.

The Ant and the Grasshopper

This one is a little different….
Two Different Versions….

Old Version

The ant works hard
in the withering heat all summer long,
building his house and laying supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper
thinks the ant is a fool and laughs
and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm
and well fed.

The grasshopper has
no food or shelter, so he
dies out in the cold.

Modern Version

The ant works hard
in the withering heat and the rain all summer long,
building his house and laying up supplies for the winter

The grasshopper thinks the ant
is a fool and laughs and dances
and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper
calls a press conference and demands to
know why the ant should be
allowed to be warm and well fed while he
is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to
provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper
next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home
with a table filled with food.
America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this can be, that in a country of
such wealth, this poor grasshopper
is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears
on Oprah with the grasshopper
and everybody cries when they sing,
‘Its’s Not Easy Being Green…’

ACORN stages
a demonstration in front of the ant’s
house where the news station film the
SEIU group singing, ‘We Shall Overcome’

Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright
has the group kneel down to pray for the
grasshopper’s sake,
while he damns the ants.

President Obama condemns the ant
and blames President Bush 43, President Bush 41,
President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the
Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid
exclaim in an interview with Larry King
that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the
grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike
on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts
the Economic Equity &
Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive
to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a
proportionate number of green bugs and,
having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes,
his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar
and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper
and his free-loading friends finishing up the
last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in,
which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house,
crumbles around them because the grasshopper
doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug
related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken
over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle,
once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses
bringing the rest
of the free world with it.

Thank you Howard Davidow.

(Tim’s next blog will appear September 6th 2011, when he returns from vacation.)

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