Me, I'm just the lucky kind
Love to hear you say that love is luck
Though we may be blind
Love is here to stay and that's enough
THE BEATLES - "Things We Said Today"
One day, all the vices and virtues were gathered together and were bored than ever. Suddenly, Ingenious came up with an idea, “Let’s play hide and seek!” All of them liked the idea and immediately, Madness shouted, “I want to count, I want to count!” And since nobody was crazy enough to want to seek Madness, all the others agreed. As Madness counted, the vices and virtues went hiding. Treason hid in a pile of garbage… Fondness curled up between the clouds… Lie said that it would hide under a stone, but hid at the bottom of the lake… And Madness continued to count … “seventy nine, eighty, eighty one…”
By this time, all the vices and virtues were already hidden except Love. For undecided as Love is, he could not decide where to hide. And this should not surprise us, because we all know how difficult it is to hide Love. And Madness continued counting: “ninety five, ninety six, ninety seven…”
Just when Madness got to one hundred, Love jumped into a rose bush where he hid. Laziness was the first to be found, because Laziness had no energy to hide. Then he spotted Lie at the bottom of the lake and Passion at the centre of the earth. One by one, Madness found them all, except Love.
Madness was getting desperate, unable to find Love. Envious of Love, Envy whispered to Madness, “You only need to find Love, and Love is hiding in the rose bush.” Madness grabbed a wooden pitch fork and stabbed wildly at the rosebush until a heartbreaking cry made him stop. Love emerged from the rose bush, covering his face with his hands. Madness, so anxious to find Love, had stabbed out Love’s eyes with the pitch fork.
“What have I done? What have I done?” Madness shouted. “I have left you blind. How can I repair it?”
And Love answered, “You cannot repair my eyes. But if you want to do something for me, you can be my guide.”
And so it came about that from that day on, Love is blind and is always accompanied by Madness….
This is from an e-mail that Ms Lactose sent me. She found this interesting article in her son's school text book!