An old miller and his son were taking their donkey to the market. They were walking on foot. When the people saw this, they laughed and said, “Look at the fools! They have a donkey but do very far, when an old woman passed by them. She said that the son should not ride on the donkey when his old father was on foot. The boy got down. Now the old man rode on the donkey. Soon they met à man. He called the father unkind to his son. The old man felt ashamed and asked his son to ride behind him. Within a few minutes they met a group of young girls. They said, “You are very cruel to ride on such a weak donkey. Now it would be better for you to carry this animal”. The old man was ready to please them too. They tied the legs of the donkey and carried it on their shoulders. When they were crossing a bridge, the donkey was frightened. It fell into the river and was drowned. The poor fellows had to suffer a loss.
- It is difficult to please everyone.
- There are as many opinions as men.