Fable of the Porcupine Family

It was deep in the midst of January, and the cold was taking its toll on Hidden Valley’s wildlife community.

The Porcupine Family was hunkered down, trying to keep warm by cuddling close to one another. Like this, they were able to cover themselves and protect each other from the cold, much the way penguins do in Antarctica.

Alas, the quills of each porcupine wounded its closest companions. Before long, each of them had had pretty much enough and they decided to distance themselves one from the other.

But cold is cold and freezing is freezing and they slowly began to die – alone and frozen. So the Porcupines had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or succumb to a slow and painful death.

Wisely, they decided to get back together. It was not easy, but they learned to put up with the little wounds caused by such a close relationship with their companions, in order to receive the living warmth that came from the others. It was like this that the Porcupine family was able to survive the cold winter.

Moral of the story: The best relationship is not the one that brings perfect people closer together. It is when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of the others and can admire each other’s endearing qualities and find happiness together.

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  1. That story is so sweet, it brought tears to my eyes.
    I am a porcupine and so are many of my friends!

    (We could substitute echidnas for the Australians!)

  2. David, I love it and I have yet to meet someone that I can live with without some kind of prickle – adjusting is just part of life

  3. That is such a great fable, David. Even though I am fairly easy to get along with I have lots of sharp quills that cause others trouble.

  4. A beautiful little story and a metaphor that works on so many levels. We as individuals are always poking and pricking each other with our differing religious/political/cultural beliefs. Staying away from each other accomplishes nothing and engaging each other can be difficult, but ultimately rewarding. Thanks for sharing this! Susan

  5. I love the story and the moral is so true. Its not whether someone is perfect, it is whether they are perfect for you.

  6. David,

    Clever, and wisdom our current society helps people forget all too often.

    Thank you for the reminders.


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