I heard this story at my children’s weekend Chinese school in late 1990s (couldn’t remember if I’ve heard this when I was in China). This story is taught to second graders in China, using two classes time.
Three mothers are getting water. One mom brags her son is not just smart but also has strength. The second mom brags, “my son has the best voice.” The third mom concedes her son is nothing special.
On their way home with the heavy buckets of water, they take a break. Their sons walk by. The first boy does summersaults; the second sings and the third picks up his mom’s bucket and carries it home.
The women ask the elder man behind them how good are their sons. The elder replies that he only sees one son.
My thoughts on this is:
- god forbid it is Jet Li and Michael Jackson ..
- the way this story portraying ‘good son’ or a good kid is wrong
- each kid has his or her own talent, shouldn’t use chords as yardstick
- how a kid behave is largely rest on their parents