Thursday, November 4, 2010

I want to tell you a story

Once upon a time there was a woman named Penelope who was the wife to the very brave and valiant Ulysses.  One day she bid him farewell on his frightful journey across the sea and she waited for his return.  She was eventually told that he must be dead, and that she should wed another.  Suitors lined her door in pursuit, desiring the late husband's wealth and Penelope's prosperity.  

Penelope knew in her heart that Ulysses was still alive, and because creativity and intelligence flowed through her veins she hatched a plan.  She announced to them that she would wed another only once she had woven the funeral garment for her father-in-law. During the day she sewed laboriously, but at night, she unraveled all that she had done that day.   

Years later Ulysses returned and they wept when they saw each another once again.  Penelope was grateful--grateful that she had been patient and faithful as she continued a labor of love that was rewarded upon her husband's return.


This message was brought to you by the letter P for patience, and the number 1 for mucho uno.

oh-and the letter G and M because I was totally into Greek Mythology in 10th grade.


likeschocolate said...

Great story! I have never heard this before. Thanks for sharing!

Stef said...

I love this story. I don't remember reading that. What a good one to tell my kids.

Charlotte said...

Too bad Ulysses wasn't as patient, right? :)

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