Many years ago in the land of Lydia, there was a beautiful garden. Roses of every shade grew there and King Midas loved them. He was, it is true, rather greedy, but on the whole no better and no worse than any other man. Midas had a loving wife and a daughter he adored, but he was still discontented. He wanted to be the most powerful king in the world; he wanted everyone to envy him.
One day the king was walking through his garden only to see a pair of goat's legs sticking out through a bush! The king called the gardener's son over to him and asked, "What do you make of that?" The gardener's boy said, "Your majesty I think that is a satyr. As a matter of fact, that is Silenus, Dionysus's Satyr!"
The King brought Silenus back to Dionysus and was thank by getting any gift he wished. "I want the power of the golden touch!" Midas said. Dionysus granted the power and King Midas was overjoyed!
King Midas went home and touched his favorite Rose bush. He was glad at first, but was sad that he didn't get to smell the beautiful fragrance of them anymore. Midas took a bite of an apple only to have it turned to gold also. When his daughter ran in the greet her father, Midas said, "No daughter don't touch me!" But it was too late. His daughter turned to gold right in front of him.
King Midas begged to take the power away from him and Dionysus told him, "Go to the river of Pactolus and cleanse yourself." Midas did this and noticed little golden nuggets on the river bank, so he new the power was gone.
Once King Midas returned, he was overjoyed to see that his daughter and his flowers were back to normal again. He learned an important life lesson that money doesn't always mean happiness.