“The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean”
A poor woman went to cook a bunch of beans. To help the fire, she threw a handful of straw in. As the beans in the pot bubbled, one fell out and landed near a straw. Then a coal fell near them.
The three began to talk and told of how they had escaped death and come to that place. They decided to leave the poor woman and see the world.
As they traveled, they soon came to a stream with no way to cross. So the straw said he’d lie across the stream so they could go across. The straw laid down, and the coal started across. When the coal was halfway across, she became terrified of the water. The straw burned in two, and the two fell into the stream and died.
The bean thought that was so funny she laughed until she burst. A tailor sewed her back together, and she thanked him, but because he used black thread beans now have a black seam.
The riveting tale of an old woman cooking beans.
Who knew beans could talk. :D