upon a time, a long, long while ago, the Sun, the Wind, and the Moon
were three sisters, and their mother was a pale, lovely Star that shone,
far away, in the dark evening sky.
day their uncle and aunt, who were the Thunder and Lightning, asked the
three sisters to have supper with them, and their mother said that they
might go. She would wait for them, she said, and would not set until
all three returned and told her about their pleasant visit.
the Sun in her dress of gold, the Wind in a trailing dress that rustled
as she passed, and the Moon in a wonderful gown of silver started out
for the party with the Thunder and Lightning. Oh, it was a supper to
remember! The table was spread with a cloth of rainbow. There were ices
like the snow on the mountain tops, and cakes as soft and white as
clouds, and fruits from every quarter of the earth.
three sisters ate their fill, especially the Sun and the Wind, who were
very greedy, and left not so much as a crumb on their plates. But the
Moon was kind and remembered her mother. She hid a part of her supper in
her long, white fingers to take home and share with her mother, the
the three sisters said good-bye to the Thunder and Lightning and went
home. When they reached there, they found their mother, the Star,
waiting and shining for them as she had said she would.
What did you bring me from the supper? She asked.
The Sun tossed her head with all its yellow hair in disdain as she answered her mother.
Why should I bring you anything? She asked. "I went out for my own pleasure and not to think of you."
It was the same with the Wind. She wrapped her flowing robes about her and turned away from her mother.
I, too, went out for my own entertainment, she said, "and why should I think of you, mother, when you were not with me?"
it was very different with the Moon who was not greedy and selfish as
her two sisters, the Sun and the Wind, were. She turned her pale sweet
face toward her mother, the Star, and held out her slender hands.
mother, cried the Moon, "I have brought you part of everything that was
on my plate. I ate only half of the feast for I wanted to share it with
the mother brought a gold plate and the food that her unselfish
daughter, the Moon, had brought her heaped the plate high. She ate it,
and then she turned to her three children, for she had something
important to say to them. She spoke first to the Sun.
were thoughtless and selfish, my daughter, she said. "You went out and
enjoyed yourself with no thought of one who was left alone at home.
Hereafter you shall be no longer beloved among men. Your rays shall be
so hot and burning that they shall scorch everything they touch. Men
shall cover their heads when you appear, and they shall run away from
And that is why, to this day, the Sun is hot and blazing.
Next the mother spoke to the Wind.
too, my daughter, have been unkind and greedy, she said. "You, also,
enjoyed yourself with no thought of anyone else. You shall blow in the
parching heat of your sister, the Sun, and wither and blast all that you
touch. No one shall love you any longer, but all men will dislike and
And that is why, to this day, the Wind, blowing in hot weather, is so unpleasant.
But, last, the mother spoke to her kind daughter, the Moon.
remembered your mother, and were unselfish, she said. "To those who are
thoughtful of their mother, great blessings come. For all time your
light shall be cool, and calm, and beautiful. You shall wane , but you
shall wax again. You shall make the dark night bright, and all men shall
call you blessed."
That is why, to this day, the Moon is so cool, and bright, and beautiful.