The Rye, the Barley, and the Oat
The rye, the barley, and the oat decided to spend the winter outdoors.
The oat became cold all by itself and said, "Let me go home. 1 will bring
my daughter. Together we’ll be warmer."
The oat left and didn’t come back. Since it wanted to be a two-some,
it so remained and there are always two on a stalk. When the frost
came, the barley became frightened of the cold and, without asking the
rye, went home. But the rye saw this, took a stick, and threw it into the
barley. And now the barley is always with a stick.
And since the rye stuck to the agreement and stayed the winter, it
is clean, without a stick.