Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
501. THE VEGETABLES AND THE WEEDS
Perry 119 (Syntipas
Somebody saw a gardener irrigating his vegetables and said to him, 'How
is it that wild plants, without having been planted and without having
been cultivated, spring up each season, while the plants that you yourself
plant in the garden frequently wither from lack of water?' The gardener
replied, 'The wild plants are cared for by divine providence, which is
sufficient in and of itself, while our own plants must depend for their
care on human hands.'
This story shows that a mother's nurturing is stronger than a stepmother's
Note: In another version of this story, (Life of Aesop 37), it is Aesop
who explains to an ignorant gardener why it is that weeds grow so quickly.
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.