Helping each other is a good habit that we learn and apply in our life. Teaching moral values and ways to apply them in practical life is important for children. There are many stories written by different authors that set an example of moral values for children.
Kids are more likely to show interest in listening to stories and remember the moral values of the story. The ant and dove story remains one of the famous stories for kids as it explains the value of helping each other in need. The story of the ant and the dove stands as a good example to teach children about helping their friends or elders.
The Ant and the Dove Story
On a summer morning, a thirsty ant travelled a large distance in search of a water source. It finally reached a river with water. The happy ant climbed on the rock and started drinking water. While drinking, the ant slipped into the river and started shouting for help. A dove resting near the river bank on a tree saw the ant slipping into the river and immediately plucked the nearby leaf and threw it into the river.
The ant managed to direct towards the leaf and climbed onto it. The leaf drifted towards the ground and the ant jumped onto the ground. The ant looked up towards the dove and thanked it for the help.
On the same day, a bird-catcher was trying to trap the resting dove in his net.
An ant saw the man fixing the net to trap the dove and guessed what he was going to do. The ant quickly bit him on the foot. The bird-catcher left the net and screamed in pain. The dove startled by the scream realized the situation and flew away immediately.
Origin of Ant and Dove Story
The ant and dove story was one of the fables of Aesop. The story originated in Greece. Aesop’s fables are a collection of fables belonging to Aesop who was a slave and storyteller of ancient Greece between 620 to 560 BC. The ant and dove story was illustrated in different ways by different authors to explain the moral value of compassionate behavior. In European history, the Neo-Latin poets included this story in their fable collections. The same story and the moral was included in England by different authors and also in different parts of the world. The story was narrated and followed by a chorus of the moral ‘One good turn deserves another’.
Moral of The Ant and Dove Story
The ant and dove story depicts the moral value of helping the one in need. Children should learn to help each other and everything you do pays off equally. It is never one-sided. The help you do today will reflect in some or the other way in your life.
- A helping hand is always a good hand. Helping a person or an animal in need is a good gesture towards humanity. We should learn to help others.
- Helping the one in need brings help to us in some way.
Just like the dove helped the ant while it was drowning. The dove that was about to fall in the trap of a bird catcher was helped by the ant. The ant and the dove both were rescued from the threat of life. It is to be understood that if we do good to one, we receive good.
- Be kind and help others in every possible way. The kind helping nature of the dove helped him back in escaping from the bird catcher. The dove did not ignore the suffering of the ant. The dove was kind and tried to help the ant possibly.
- Quick action to the situation is very important. As soon as the dove saw the ant drowning it immediately reacted by plucking the leaf and dropping it near the ant so that it could be a boat savior for the ant. The immediate idea of ways to help the ant made it easier for the ant to survive. In the same way, the ant quickly bit the bird catcher as soon as it realized that he was going to trap the dove. Here, both ant and the dove acted quickly and helped in the easiest way they could.
- We need to help others without expecting a return. It is not healthy to ask something back in return for your favor. Your help will pay-off in some or the other way in the future. Do not do anything and expect from others. Doing one good thing can bring goodness to you in different ways at different times.
Real-Life Application of moral for Kids
We often see people who need help. It might be a little thing for you to do but that would be a great help for the other. Helping does not mean giving something away. It means doing something in action that helps others in need. The ant and dove story shows the way the dove helped the ant and how the dove was helped to escape from the bird catcher trap. Here, both were saved from the life threat. In our daily life, we come across many people and often animals that need help. Lending help does no bad to us. It brings the joy of satisfaction.
Here are a few real-life applications:
- While walking on the road, we come across people who beg for money to feed their children. Most often, people ignore them. Helping them by lending some food or money can help them survive the day. The money that we lend may not be sufficient to fulfill their nutritional needs, but it might be a part of the help that you can do.
- Some people are physically disabled and cannot make a living due to their disability. We can help them by giving some money or maybe some source to earn money and show them a way for living. It is not necessary to lend money. We can help them in any way possible to get them a better living. Giving something little of what we have does not make much difference for us but they will remember you and bless you with goodness. Helping should be selfless, but it will reflect positively in your life.
- We often see our younger siblings or anyone of the family or friends in trouble. We can help our siblings by doing the little things that are easy for us but helps them to learn it in a better way. As we grow up, our parents grow older. We need to be there for our parents and help them in some way. Respecting parents and elders are also important. Running little errands for them can relieve them from the stress they go through. We can also be helpful to our friends or colleagues. When a friend asks you to help them, it should be a pleasure to help them. The help you do will surely be reflected one day.