There were two men who were neighbors to each other, living in a

distant country were they had to labor hard for the support of their

families. One of them was greatly troubled to know who would take care

of his children if he should die. But the other man was not so

troubled, and was always very cheerful, saying to his neighbor: "Never

distrust Providence."

One day as the sorrowful man was laboring in th
fields, sad and cast

down, he saw some little birds enter a bush, go out and then return

again. He went towards the bush, and saw two nests side by side, and

in both nests some little birds, newly hatched and still without

feathers. He saw the old birds go in a number of times, and they

carried in their bills food to give their little ones.

At one time, as one of the mothers returned with her beak full, a

large vulture seized her and carried her away; and the poor mother,

struggling vainly under its talons, uttered piercing cries. He thought

the little young birds must certainly die, as they had now no mother

to take care of them. He felt so bad about them that he did not sleep

any that night. The next day, on returning to the fields, he said to

himself: "I will see the little ones of this poor mother; some without

doubt have already perished."

He went up to the bush, and saw that the little ones in both nests

were all alive and well. He was very much surprised at this, and he

hid himself behind the bush to see what would happen. After a little

time he heard a crying of the birds, and soon the second mother came

flying into the bush with her beak full of food, and distributed it

all among the little birds in both nests. He now saw that the orphan

birds were as well provided for as when their own mother was living.

In the evening, he related the whole story to his neighbor, and said

to him:

"I will never distress myself again about who will take care of my

children, if I should die before them."

His neighbor replied: "Let us always believe, hope, love, and pursue

our course in peace. If you die before me, I will take cure of your

children, and if I die before you, you will be a father to mine; and

if we are both taken away before our children are able to provide for

themselves, there is a Father in heaven."