I thought it would be kind of cool to write about that conversation and use a video of the fable to illustrate the contrast between our attitudes about what summer is all about. Well, I have to say most of the youtube videos on the topic are pretty lame; the only hopeful one seemed to be a Walt Disney Silly Symphony from 1934 but that was just a little too dated and involved way too much spitting.
Then, as luck would have it, I stumbled upon a short piece that not only made the point about the grasshopper's laziness compared to the ant's industriousness, but it also puts the whole fable into a context that's relevant to the current times - it's perfect! Here it is for you to enjoy and to learn the moral (I'll leave it to you to determine just what that is):
It's a comforting thought to me that although I frittered the summer away sitting by the pool drinking beer and getting an all over tan, I really don't have to worry about freezing to death this winter because I, unlike the ant, have a pretty decent government pension to fall back on. I may be lazy, but I ain't broke and I never will be unless Congress manages to bring the whole federal government to its knees through political mismanagement of its financing. The scary thing is, that seems like a real possibility right now.
But hey, we grasshoppers will deal with that when the time comes - until then, it's time to make music and play because, you know, that's what we do, dude!