I am writing a book about my bookstore experiences and I must say the most difficult part of the writing process is finding your voice. The theme of my book is that “books transform.” By extension, owning a bookstore or being involved with books are “life transforming experiences.”
I have been asking friends and customers and relatives the one question, “What book transformed your life?” “What book changed you?” One of my absolute favorites is Aesops Fables. One of the best of Aesops Fables is “The Fox and the Grapes.”
Hillary Clinton staffers said after losing the Iowa Caucus, “Iowa is not that important.” Apparently the sour taste of Iowa grapes to the Clinton campaign was too much to bear. I wonder how the New Hampshire grapes will taste. I suppose it depends on who is eating them. John Presta.
The Fox And The Grapes
It was a very hot and sunny afternoon. A fox, which had been hunting the whole day, was very thirsty.
“How I wish there was some water,” the fox thought to himself.
Just then, he saw bunches of fat and juicy grapes hanging from a vine above his head. The grapes looked ripe and ready to burst with juice.
“Oh, my! Oh, my!” the fox said as his mouth began to water. “Sweet grape juice, quench my thirst!”
The fox stood on tiptoe and stretched as high as he could, but the grapes were out of his reach.
Not about to give up, the fox walked back a short distance and took a running leap at the grapes. Again, he could not reach the grapes.
Still not ready to give up, the fox walked back further and took another running leap at the grapes. Again, he could not reach the grapes.
The fox jumped and leapt, again and again, but each time he could not reach the grapes. Until, at last, the fox was tired and thirstier than ever.
“What a fool I am!” said the fox furiously. “These grapes are sour and not fit for eating. Why would I want them anyway?”
With that, the fox walked away.
Some people despise and belittle the things they cannot have.