Make hay while the sun shines is an old proverb; the essence of it which is still true; only when we make use of the opportunities we get in the right way, at the right time. When situations favor us, we have to make use of it so that we get what we desire.Once there lived a grasshopper with his family. All summer when the sun was shining, and the grass was green the grasshopper’s family enjoyed themselves singing and dancing and making merry. Food was available in plenty and the lush green surrounding made them enjoy a lazy lifestyle.In direct contrast was an ant family that worked tirelessly all day in transporting food and storing it all up in the ant hill.Father grasshopper made fun of the ants saying “why don’t you ants enjoy the beauty of summer instead of slogging like this? Don’t you have a life?”The father ant would smile and reply “friend, if we do not work hard now, we cannot survive the winter. Food is available in plenty now. It is wise to store it for future use. Are you not worried about winter?”“There is still a lot of time to winter. You worry too much. I can’t slag like you” said the grasshopper. Soon the winter came along, and the entire place was covered with snow. Food was scarce and all the creatures ran in search of warm places.

The grasshopper’s family was desperate to find food but could not find any. They saw the ant’s family enjoying themselves in their cozy warmth of their home eating steaming hot food all the time.

Father grasshopper went to the ants house and requested them to be allowed inside but father ant said “you were lazy when it was time to work and made fun of me. Now we have enough food to see us through winter. We do not have extra food for guests. I am very sorry”

In disappointment, the father grasshopper returned to its place. The other grasshoppers also spent their winter days with very little food and starved. They felt sorry for their lack of vision.

The grasshopper repented for his laziness and realized that working hard at the right time, paid rich dividends. It felt depressed that it had let go of opportunities that would have helped it live comfortably through the winter months.


English composition by
Chigua Yiey Dak Wie
Class 7 – Holy Cross Academy