The honest woodcutter
An Aesop fable
A poor woodcutter accidentally dropped his axe into the river. He was very upset, as he had no money to buy another axe. Just then a fairy appeared in the river holding out a golden axe to him. “I found this axe in the river. Is this yours?”
“That’s not mine”, replied the woodcutter. The fairy then brought out a silver axe. The woodcutter disowned this one too. Finally, the fairy held out a wooden axe.
Smiling with happiness, the woodcutter said, “That’s mine. Thank you very much.”
The fairy felt very happy seeing his honesty and said, “Such honesty deserves a reward.” She gave the poor man all the three axes and disappeared.
Moral: Honesty is the best policy. Always be honest.