A Proud Red Rose
This is one of the best moral stories for kids to read. One beautiful Spring day, a red rose blossomed in the forest. As the rose looked around, a pine tree nearby said, “What a beautiful flower! I wish I was that lovely!” Another tree said, “Dear, Pine, don’t be sad! We cannot have everything.”
The Rose turned and remarked, “It seems that I’m the most beautiful flower of this forest.” A sunflower raised its yellow head and asked, “Why do you say that? In this forest, there are many beautiful flowers. You are just one of them.” The red rose replied, “I see everyone looking at me and admiring me!” Then, the rose looked at the cactus and said, “Look at that ugly plant full of thorns!” Also, read The Rose And The Amaranth.
The pine tree said, “Red rose, what kind of talks is this? Who can say what beauty is? You have thorns too!” The proud red rose looked angrily at the pine and said, “I thought you had good taste! You don’t know what beauty is at all. You cannot compare my thorns to that of a cactus.” “What a proud flower,” thought the trees. The rose tried to move its roots away from the cactus but it could not move.
As the days passed, the red rose would look at the cactus and say insulting things like, “this plant is useless! How sorry I’m to be its neighbor.” The cactus never got upset and even tried to advise the rose saying, “God did not create any form of life without a purpose!”
Soon, Spring passed and the weather became very warm. Life became difficult in the forest as there was no rain. The red rose began to wilt. You may also like to read, The Legend Of The Rose.
One day, the rose saw sparrows stick their beaks into the cactus and then fly away, refreshed. This was puzzling, and the red rose asked pine tree what the birds were doing. The pine tree explained that the birds were getting water from the cactus. “Does it not hurt when they make holes?” asked the red rose. “Yes, but the cactus does not like to see the birds suffer,” replied the pine.
The rose opened its eyes in wonder and exclaimed, “The cactus has water!” “Yes, you can also drink from it. The sparrow can bring water to you if you ask the cactus for help.” The red rose felt too ashamed to ask for water from the cactus, but finally, it did ask for help. The cactus kindly agreed. The birds filled their beaks with water and watered the rose’s roots. You may also like to read, The Little Rose Plant.
MORAL OF THE STORY: NEVER JUDGE ANYONE BY THEIR APPEARANCE.