There once lived a duck who had laid seven eggs. After all the eggs hatched, there were six adorable little ducklings, while the seventh one looked oddly different from the rest of his siblings. This duckling was dark and his quacks sounded horrible too. His siblings would tease him and ridicule him for being the ugly duckling. Even the mother did not like this duckling and he always felt left out. “Nobody loves me because I am the ugliest” said the duckling sadly. That night he decided that he would run away from home and ran away far into the woods.
While he was in the woods, he saw a cottage. He made his way up the steps to meet the old woman who lived inside. She was an elderly lady who lived with her cat. She let the duckling stay with her for a while but the duckling was unhappy. The cat would chase the duckling around until one day the duckling was forced to leave.
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Soon winter arrived and the duckling almost froze to his death in the forest and a farmer found him on his way home. The farmer took the duckling with him to his wife and children. But the farmer’s children scared the duckling. They would chase it and scream and shout, trying to play with it and this made the duckling run away from this home too. Thus, the poor duckling had to spend the cold winter months near a pond.
As warmer seasons came by, spring bloomed around, one day the duckling noticed a big beautiful swan swimming in the pond. The duckling was so mesmerized by the beauty of the swan that he went nearer to the water. As he looked down in the water to see his own reflection, he was shocked. He had grown into a big beautiful swan himself.
Alas! That was it. He had looked different from his siblings because they were all ducklings and he was a swan! Oh, how lucky he was in reality to be such a beautiful creature.
Thus, the two swans got married and lived happily ever after.
Moral: Your looks and other external factors do not define your worth.
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