Thursday’s Tale: Momotaro, the Peach Boy

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I thought it might be fun this month to re-post some of my most popular fairy tale posts. This past year, my post about Momotaro, the Peach Boy from 2010 got the second most views of any of my fairy tales.

This is actually one of Japan’s best-known folktales, although I had never heard of it before.  The story is available on-line here, but I read a copy I borrowed from the library which seems to be a fairly faithful retelling.

An old man and his wife are sad and lonely because they have no children. One day, while washing clothes in the stream the woman finds giant peach which she takes home as a treat for her husband. Before they can cut it open, it bursts and a baby boy pops out, an answer to their prayers. They name the child Momotaro, which means Peach Boy.

The boy grows up big, strong and brave. When he is a teenager, he decides to go on a quest to kill the ogres that live on Ogre Island. These horrible ogres have terrorized the villages for years, stealing the peoples’ treasures and ruining their property. His parents help him prepare for his adventure by giving him a banner and sword and dumplings to eat.

On his way to the sea, Momotaro meets three animals, a dog, a monkey and a pheasant. After he shares his dumplings with each of them, they decide to join him. These three creatures, who would naturally be enemies, become good friends. The four of them, each using their own abilities and skills, defeat the ogres and return the treasures to their rightful owners.

Momotaro and his three companions happily went home to the little cottage with the old mother and the old father. They all lived together there in peace and contentment until the end of their days.

The lesson here, as I see it, is a good one. When we work together, we can do the seemingly impossible. Alternately, delicious food can make anyone your friend.

It’s interesting that like in other fairy tales, brute strength doesn’t win. The ogres are definitely stronger than Momotaro and his motley crew, but Momotaro and the animals use their intelligence and talents, and they work together which gives them the upper hand. They bring home the ogres’ treasure, too,  similar to the ending of Boots and the Troll.

Thursday’s Tales is a weekly event here at Carol’s Notebook. Fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, even re-tellings, I love them all. Feel free to join in.

My Favorite . . Thing About Winter

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My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I don’t actually winter much. I’m one of those people who thrive in the heat and sun of summer. I’m not a fan of snow. I hate driving in it and I don’t ski. Ice is even worse. The sun is just rising when I take my daughter to school and is on its way down when I get home for work, and most days are cloudy in the middle – blah.

That being said, I do have a favorite thing about winter. I love all the snuggly fabrics: sweaters and scarves, blankets and flannel sheets, and fuzzy socks. I love curling up on the couch beneath my favorite blanket (or two),  drinking hot chocolate and reading a book with the dog settled in beside me. I’m pretty sure that’s the only thing I should do all winter long.

What is your favorite thing about Winter?

This is what the dog and I are doing this evening. #homealone

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Readers’ Workouts – 1/10

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I made my step goal for the week overall.

This week:

No formal exercise. The week was spent cleaning up after the holidays, hitting some after Christmas sales, and practicing the piano. The last few days have been too cold to even take the dog for a walk. Today should start a bit of a warm up for the end of the week.

Meal plan:

“Cowboy” spaghetti – David’s request
Shrimp fried rice
Hashbrown casserole with fruit
Pork chops with apples
We’ll actually be eating out several days – we always have dinner at church on Wednesdays, Amber’s birthday is this week and we’re going out of town on Saturday.

New Year Fitness Goals:

– Lose weight. Goal – Lose 26 lbs. I’m down 2 lbs. (141.4 starting weight)

– Run 2 5ks, 1 10K and 1 half. I haven’t registered for any yet.

– Hit my weekly step goal (56,000 steps) for 48 weeks. Weeks completed: 2

How was your week? Readers’ Workouts is hosted by Joy at Joy’s Book Blog .

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