An owl was a proud young mother of four. She told her friend the eagle how wonderful her babies were and didnˋt stop talking about their wonderful appearance. (Everyone of us knows how ugly just hatched owl kids look like. No feathers and their skin is wrinkled.) The eagle had to promise her that he wouldnˋt eat her babies. We know how eagles like to eat such easy prey when mum and dad arenˋt at home.
One day he flew up and down whe he suddenly saw a nest full of owl babies alone there, sitting and waiting. He didnˋt think anthing bad when he catched them all and ate them off. Those babies were so ugly and no idea come up that those would be the one from his friend the young owl.
Later in the day the owl mum came home and saw that all her beloved babies were gone. She found some left feathers and called crying an old owl. She told her the whole story about the promise of the eagle. The wise owl asked the young owl : ˋ You really told him that your babies look soooo pretty. You know that isnˋt true!ˋ
The owl nodded she was now sure, she had exaggereded when she told the eagle about her wonderfully looking kids.
Whatˋs the moral of the story: Your nearest and dearest are the most wonderful creatures in the world for you, but donˋt forget that also for the others are their nearest and dearest are the most wonerful ones.
@Lynne, I couldnˋt find a suitable translation for ˋ Fabelˋ. Itˋs neither a fary tale nor a legend. Itˋs a matter of moral where mythical animal creatures play, such as: Reynard the Fox, Master Bruin, Master Hare, stork and so on.
Let me know if you know the proper English name for that kind of story and feel free if you want to correct my writing.