The Two Jars

Andong and his wife, Damao, lived near a river.
Andong was a lazy man. He hated work. Damao often.
scolded him for his laziness.

One day Damao said. "How. lazy you are, Andong!
You don't want to work. You stay in the house all day.
All you do is to wait for what our neighbors give. Aren't
you ashamed? Why don't you go to the river and catch
some fish for supper?"

"I never ask our neighbors to give us food,"
Andong replied. "If they continue to give us food with-
out me asking them, it's not my fault."

The couple's neighbors were generous. They of-
ten gave the couple food knowing that Andong was
too lazy to work.

So Damao scolded Andong again and again.
"All right," he said at last. "I'll go to the river and
fish for supper."

It had become dark and so he took a lamp to
help him find the way. He also took a basket along to
put the fish in.

On the way to the river, he had to pass by two
mango trees. Under each tree stood an earthen jar.

Andong ran to the first jar. He looked in the jar
and saw that it was full of gold coins! He ran to the
other jar and like the first, it was full of gold coins too.

"I came here to fish," Andong said," and I must
catch some fish or else my wife will have nothing to
eat for supper."

Off he went to the river and began fishing. There
were lots of fish and soon his basket was filled with
them.

"I think I have caught enough fish for supper today,"
Andong said and away he went, stopping for a while near
the mango trees to take another look at the gold coins.

When he got home, he told Damao about the two
jars and the gold coins in them.

"Why didn't you get some?" Damao asked. "If we
had them, you wouldn't have to go to the river to fish. If
we had all the money, we would be rich."

Their two nearest neighbors, Annong and Apiong,
had heard Andong tell his wife about the two jars full of
gold coins. Unknown to the couple, they made plans to get
the gold for themselves. They set out with some rope and
a stout bamboo pole, and they soon got to where the jars
were.

Annong put his hand in one jar. Apiong put his hand
in the other. Both jars were full, all right, but not of gold
coins. They were full of carabao manure.

Disgusted, Annong and Apiong ran to river and
washed their hands. Both were mad.

"Andong will pay for this," Annong said.
"How?" asked Apiong.
"We will take the two jars to his house and empty
the contents on his batalan," answered Annong.

Without much ado, the two men tied the jars with
pieces of rope and hung them on the bamboo pole. Annong
placed one end of the pole on his shoulder. Apiong placed
the other end on his own.

Soon they got to Andong's house. Andong and
Damao were fast asleep. Annong hurried to his own house
and got an old buri mat. He took the mat to Andong's
house. He spread the mat on the batalan. Then he and
Apiong emptied the contents of the jars into the mat and
left.

Andong soon woke up and went to the batalan. To
his surprise he saw a heap of gold coins on an old buri mat.
He did not know that they were the coins he had seen near
the river in the evening and which had been dumped there
by Annong and Apiong as manure. Now the manure had
turned back to gold.

Andong woke his wife and they rejoiced over their
good fortune.

"What are we going to do with all this wealth?"
Damao asked.

"Let's invest it in business," Andong replied.
So with the money, the couple went into business. It
was a small business at first, in order not to arouse the
suspicion of their neighbors. The business prospered and
Andong and Damao became very rich.

Later Andong told his wife:

If you are destined for high places,
People may try to put you down,
But you will still reach your destiny.