One day, Zeus decided to visit Earth to see how kind the people of Earth would be to two beggars. His son, Hermes, joined him on this trip. To see how well they would react, they disguised themselves as beggars.
They went to many houses around the village, and were very angry when the townspeople turned them down.
They finally arrived at an old, beaten up cottage, where an elderly couple welcomed them in their home and served food for them. The elderly couple also served a small pitcher of wine, but realized that the two beggars were gods because their wine pitcher never ran out of wine.
The couple tried to forgive them for not having a big enough feast, but the gods simply told them that the couple would be rewarded greatly for their kindness to them.
Zeus rewarded them by flooding over the whole town, as a punishment for their cruelty. The couple was rewarded with a huge castle. But, the couple had one request: They wanted to die together. So Zeus replied, "You two have many years to live. However, when the time comes, you shall get your wish." Then, the gods went back to Olympus.
One day the couple was sitting in the temple. Philemon looked over at his wife and noticed that she had stems and leaves growing out of her. When he looked at himself, he noticed that the same was happening to him. They both said their goodbyes to each other, and soon all there was left were a Bark and Linden tree left standing at the temple.