IF: sour

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The illustrationfriday.com challenge word this week is “sour”.
You scream and everybody comes a running/Take a run and hide yourself away.
The Fox and The Grapes
One hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. “Just the thing to quench my thirst,” quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: “I am sure they are sour.”

The moral: It is easy to despise what you cannot get.

For your information, Mr. Fox, grapes are readily available at the grocery store. You can try a couple before you¬†make a purchase¬†and they don’t make you jump for them.




  1. Oh Josh! Although I am glad that you have such a creative recollection of this famous Moral laden story, I am quite disappointed, however, in your suggestion that you should taste a few grapes without paying for them first! Have I not taught you right from wrong? Grapes are sold by the pound and the few that you have felt justified in eating would not be calculated at the checkout. Of course, I suppose that a before & after weight check of the shopper may be a good solution for the grocer in order to receive compensation for the taste-tested grapes. But what if you were to taste a few & decide to NOT purchase any? And what about washing the pesticides, germs, dirt, & insect remains off of the fruits before ingesting it?? What about washing your hands before eating at every meal? If we all did that, then perhaps the damn tomato situation would never have existed….deep breath….nice illustration John!??
    Mrs Pincus

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