A PEAR that once lived in a grocery store had made a bad habit out of wasting all his money on ice-cream during summer time, thinking he was enjoying his vacations better that way.
“I’ll go on a diet, but it’s best to do that… in September!”, he told the other fruit and vegetables, and no matter how many kilos he had put on, he wouldn’t change his ways.
One nice autumn day that he searched the basement for forgotten toys, he happened to find a heap of big sacks. So impressed did he get by his finding that he instantly ran to find the other fruit and vegetables. “Let’s do something cool with them… why not have a potato sack – race?”, the potato suggested and the rest of the fruit and vegetables agreed with excitement.
So, they all took a sack each, yet, the poor pear that had eaten too much ice cream in the previous months found it really hard to find a sack his size. He, then, took the largest of them and went to the tailor to ask him to make it even larger so it would fit him. As he had spent all his money on ice – cream however, he asked the tailor to stitch the sack with string, which was the cheapest option.
“Now let’s see what you’ve got”, he told the other fruit and vegetables as soon as he got back to the grocery store, lying to them about the sack and claiming that he had been on an “express-diet” to lose the extra kilos within a day.
They then wore their sacks, and positionedthemselves on the starting line. The potato, who was the judge, gave the signal and they all started running. A couple of minutes later the pear came first, as he was so excited that he had pushed himself to the limit to show the other fruit and vegetables he had indeed lost weight.
No sooner had he run a few meters, however, and the cheap string with which the tailor had sewn his sack broke, and the pear stumbled and fell on the ground as a result. The other fruit and vegetables laughed with his mishap at first, only to stop the race and help him get up and clean himself a few seconds later. Red with shame, our good pear admitted that he had not lost a single kilo since the time they got back from summer vacations.
So, he took his lesson and decided to lose the extra kilos with proper diet and much patience.