STEVEN M. BROWN
Parenting Young Children
The Midrash recounts a story about a wealthy group of merchants who embarked on a sea voyage to sell their wares in a far-off port. Aboard the vessel the merchants sought mightily to impress each other with the quality, quantity, and value of their respective goods. When one passenger was asked to describe his particular commodity, he retorted that his merchandise was worth more than any other on board. When asked to display it, he demurred, explaining it was not something one could readily exhibit. The other merchants roundly mocked him.
That night a great storm overwhelmed the ship, which sunk with all its cargo. Luckily, the passengers all made it to shore. As days passed, the rich merchants who had lost everything were reduced to begging in the streets to sustain themselves. One day they noticed walking down the street the passenger who had boasted about having the most valuable merchandise. He was well clothed and looking quite fit.
They inquired how he had managed to avoid their____________________