A lark made her nest in a field of young wheat. By the time her eggs hatched, the wheat had grown straight and tall. All summer long the wheat ripened and grew golden while the young birds grew in size and strength.
The fledglings were nearly ready to leave the nest when they heard the farmer talking to his sons. “The wheat’s ripened at last,” he said. “We’ll call our friends and neighbours in to help us harvest it.”
The little birds were frightened that their nest might be destroyed, and when their mother returned to the nest that night, they told her what they’d overheard. “Never fear, my children,” the lark replied. “We still have some time left. Practice your flying and make sure the wings are strong.”
A few days later the young larks once again heard the farmer talking. “That wheat must be harvested at once,” he said. “we can’t wait any longer for help from our friends. Tomorrow we’ll set to work ourselves.”
When her children told the lark what the farmer had said, she answered, “Then it’s time for us to be gone. For once a man is ready to do his own work, there will be no more rely.”
If you want something done, do it yourself.