Happy Go Lucky

Aesop’s fables are full of opportunities for the modern reader, re-teller, or listener to imagine different interpretations.  Thanks to the efforts of these folks we can easily access those fables and make what we will of them.  A favorite of ours, for its versatility, is this one:

One fine day in winter some Ants were busy drying their store of corn, which had got rather damp during a long spell of rain. Presently up came a Grasshopper and begged them to spare her a few grains, “For,” she said, “I’m simply starving.” The Ants stopped work for a moment, though this was against their principles. “May we ask,” said they, “what you were doing with yourself all last summer? Why didn’t you collect a store of food for the winter?”

“The fact is,” replied the Grasshopper, “I was so busy singing that I hadn’t the time.”  “If you spent the summer singing,” replied the Ants, “you can’t do better than spend the winter dancing.” And they chuckled and went on with their work.

Anyone of Puritan stock is more likely to see the ants in a more positive light, and the grasshopper as, well, a bit too happy go lucky.  It does not require Puritan stock, of course, to see ants in a positive light (just ask any disciple of E. O. Wilson).

The same can be said in reverse for grasshoppers, and the best evidence of this is the artist we pointed to a while back, who gives this rather serious and well-prepared rendition of the grasshopper (while it may also resemble a cricket, this is titled “sauterelle” which translates to English as grasshopper), which nonetheless brings a smile to the face.  It seems that grasshoppers are destined to provide that occasionally prudent happy go lucky sensation.

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