“It’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.”

There is a lovely old Irish tale of a King who decides which of his two sons is worthy of inheriting his crown, by setting them a task.

And the task?

Make a long road short!

How can one do such a thing?


telling a story, of course.

And so, the son who is able to spin a tale as they walk along the road together wins the crown.

I even wrote my own version of this old tale some years ago, which was published in Cricket magazine – Maggie, the Farmer’s Daughter.”

How I love the notion, that on this journey of life, it is the companions who “walk” with us, who can lighten our load, make the journey seem shorter, and help us discover hidden joys along the way – much like Isaac and Abulabaz in this month’s read aloud.