aged mother

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  • Long, long ago there lived at the foot of the mountain a poor farmer and his aged, widowed mother. 
  • Shining was governed by a despotic leader who though a warrior, had a great and cowardly shrinking from anything suggestive of failing health and strength
  • They owned a bit of land which supplied them with food, and they were humble, peaceful, and happy.
  • This caused him to send out a cruel proclamation. The entire province was given strict orders to immediately put to death all aged people. 
  •  But no one ever thought twice about obeying the mandate of the governor, so with many deep and hopeless sighs, the youth prepared for what at that time was considered the kindest mode of death.
  • Just at sundown, when his day’s work was ended, he took a quantity of unwhitened rice which was the principal food for the poor, and he cooked, dried it, and tied it in a square cloth, which he swung in a bundle around his neck along with a gourd filled with cool, sweet water.
  • The eyes of the old mother were not so dim but that they noted the reckless hastening from one path to another, and her loving heart grew anxious. 
  • Then he lifted his helpless old mother to his back and started on his painful journey up the mountain. 
  • The entire province trembled with dread. The order must be obeyed yet who in all Shining could make a rope of ashes? One night, in great distress, the son whispered the news to his hidden mother.
  • The trembling mother’s voice was full of unselfish love as she gave her last injunction.
  • Once more he shouldered his burden (how light it seemed now) and hastened down the path, through the shadows and the moonlight, to the little hut in the valley. 
  • “Alas! Alas!” cried the farmer, “the truth must be told!” and with deep bows he related his story.
  • Finally he lifted his head. “Shining needs more than strength of youth,” he said gravely. “Ah, that I should have forgotten the well-known saying, “with the crown of snow, there cometh wisdom!” That very hour the cruel law was abolished, and custom drifted into as far a past that only legends remain.
  • The governor was pleased at the wit of the youth and praised greatly, but he demanded to know where he had obtained his wisdom. 
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