Thomas had a horse in his farm. He loved the horse more than the other animals in the farm. One day the horse ran away. His friends tried to comfort him. Thomas thought to himself maybe it was not a bad thing to let the horse free, and gave up finding the horse.
A few months later, the horse came back and brought along a young horse. His friends congratulated him on gaining a young horse with his long-lost horse. Thomas on the other hand did not seem to be happy, and said gaining something might mean losing something.
A few years later, Thomas’ son fell as he attempted to mount the horse. The boy broke his leg and had to walk with a limp from then on. Thomas’ friends tried to comfort him. Some suggested the horse was a curse and should be sent away. Thomas thought to himself maybe something good might come out of this.
Many years later, the nation was at war with a neighboring nation, and the king decreed that all young men to be drafted to fight the war. When the officers arrived at the farm, Thomas was deemed too old and his son was exempted due to his leg condition. The sons of Thomas’ friends were drafted and they never returned home.