On a frosty autumn day, an ant was busily storing away some kernels of wheat. He had gathered these kernels during the summer to tide him over the coming winter.
A grasshopper was half perishing from hunger. He came limping by.
He perceived what the industrious ant was doing. Then he asked for a morsel of food from the ant’s store to save his life.
“What were you doing during the days of summer while I was busy harvesting”, inquired the ant.
“Oh,” replied the grasshopper, I did not sit idle. I was singing and chirping all those days.”
“Well,” said the ant smiling grimly as he locked the granary door, “since you sang all the summer, it seems you will have to dance all the winter.”
Moral: It is wise to save today for the wants of tomorrow.