Cracked Pot

The Cracked Pot: This lovely tune was written by Greg Boardman about 10 years ago. It was inspired by a folk tale. as follows:

The Story of the Cracked Pot

An elderly woman had two large pots, each of which hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck when she went down to the stream each day to get water. One day one of the pots developed a crack, which gradually grew bigger, and bigger, until before long, at the end of the woman's long walk home from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. The poor cracked pot became more and more sad and embarrassed when it saw that it could only do half of what the other pot could do. Finally, the cracked pot spoke to the woman one day by the stream, saying. "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house, while the other pot does its job perfectly." The old woman smiled. "Ah, but did you notice, noble pot, that there are flowers on your side of the path, while the ground on the other side, under the perfect pot, is barren?” The pot was puzzled, so the woman continued: “ That's because when I saw the crack in your side, I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. Because of you, dear friend, I am able to grace my table with beautiful flowers. Without you being just the way you are, the world would not be so lovely.”

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