Pabitra Saha found some more information about that Latvian Five Cats coin we discussed in earlier issues. Thanks. -Editor
The coin comes with a small colored brochure which has more information about the story (typed as it is):
The cats are engaged in a very practical activity: "Five cats went to the forest to cut firewood. They cut and cut, but ended up
with nothing. Tails raised they came back home. They came back home and looked around, but there was really no firewood at all.
They went to the forest again and came back with a log each; one log was short, another small, the third was neither. Finally, all
five of them started the fire, made some porridge and devoured it greedily. They ate so much that they could hardly walk and decided to
just go to sleep. Let's go and look whether they may be still asleep.
The Latvian children's book writer Vilma Delle (1892-1980) turned this fairy tale into sweet and slightly comical verse.
"Five cats once had a thought:
A pot of porridge would be good.
We've got milk, a pot's been bought- Just have to cut some firewood."
After all their trouble getting the firewood, they get their reward, for, according to folk wisdom, one's well-being is based on
using one's smarts, resourcefulness and diligence:
"Presently they cooked their meal,
There was food enough for all:
They ate and ate with so much zeal
That their bellies looked like balls."