He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during the harvest is a son who causes shame.
The fifth comic of Fools Made Wise starts with Leroy propped up against a tree, sleeping. James comes on the scene and starts to pick some peaches above the sleeping Leroy. James is very excited about the size of the peaches (which he equates to a huge profit at the farm stand) and wakes Leroy up to tell him. Leroy wakes up VERY MAD that James would have the audacity to wake Leroy up, especially as he was having such a great dream. To Leroy, nothing is more important to him than his mid-afternoon avoidance of work—i.e. his nap.
James sees that Leroy is waking up, so he asks him for help. Leroy declines the offer and instead, tells James that he can’t work because, as he so eloquently tells him, “it is bad luck to work when one is sleep deprived.” Oh, Leroy.
The comic ends with Leroy nodding off, asking James to get him some warm milk so he can see how his dream ends.
Proverbs 10:5 tells us that he who gathers in summer is a wise son (as seen in James picking the peaches to sell at the farm stand). It contrasts this with the son who sleeps during the harvest (i.e. Leroy) who is a son who causes shame.
This Proverb reminds us of the value of hard work and planning ahead—all skills needed to bring in a valuable harvest later. Leroy does the exact opposite of what this Proverb encourages (he sleeps now and endlessly puts off work until later). Let’s learn from Leroy to work hard in the present as it yields a good crop for the future!
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