The tale of love and trust
Once upon a time there were two people who loved each other very much. They had gotten married and could not imagine life without each other. For this reason they decided once day: Should one or the other die, man or wife, the other would give up their life and following their partner to demonstrate how strong their love for each other was. Their lives went on and they were happy with each other and with their children.
However one day, the man came across the idea of testing his wife to see how strong her love for him really was. He sent a companion, who was with him collecting wood in the forest, to his wife. He should tell her that her husband had fallen from a tree and was dead. As the wife heard the news the pain split her heart in two and she remembered the promise. She went into the house and took her own life. As her husband came back and found her, he cried his heart out. How stupid could he be? He had believed that his wife wouldn’t keep the promise. He had tested her love and thereby lost her completely. The man was very sad, he missed her and he cried bitterly. However he did not have the courage to take the same path. After some time he noticed that his house was always clean, that the children were looked after, had eaten and were happy when he came back from work. He did not understand this and asked the children why they were so happy and who had cleaned up.
Their reply was simple: mother was here and she did everything. The man did not believe this, but it happened every day and the reply was always the same. The man hid himself in the house to see what happens.
Then his wife really did appear and was so beautiful and looked so lovely that he did not stay in his hide-out. He stood in front of her and told her how much he loved her and that her eyes were twinkling and that he wanted to take her in his arms and kiss her. The woman replied: “No, no, please don’t! Don’t do that, I have died and would have to go forever and never come back again. Please don’t do it!” However the man loved his wife so much and did not understand what she meant and he wanted to hold her. He put his arms around her, and then he saw that he was holding a skeleton in his arms. The woman did not appear again.
“We do not know what we have until it’s gone. We should never expect something of other people which we are prepared to do ourselves. “