The Magic Fish

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When I was a little girl I had read a book that reminds me of Kate and Jon. The book was about a poor fisher man and his wife. The man was fishing and had caught a magical fish that gave him wishes. I changed the names but the book might go just a little like this if it was written about KON;

One day a poor man named Jon went fishing to feed himself and his wife. After a long day with no fish to speak of and about to give up, Jon caught a beautiful fish. The fish cried out, "Please have mercy on me and let me go." Jon was surprised and did just that. When Jon got home that night he told his wife Kate about the fish that talked. "Jon you idiot, Kate screamed, that was a magic fish and he would have granted you a wish. HELLO, you are so stupid." Jon thought about this and knew it to be true, after all he was just a poor man and knew no better. Kate told him to go back the next day and recatch the magic fish and tell the fish to give them so children, twins to be exact, so they each could have a child.

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Serena said...

Blog entry created from comment submitted by boyscoutmomx5.

When I was a little girl I had read a book that reminds me of Kate and Jon. The book was about a poor fisher man and his wife. The man was fishing and had caught a magical fish that gave him wishes. I changed the names but the book might go just a little like this if it was written about KON;

One day a poor man named Jon went fishing to feed himself and his wife. After a long day with no fish to speak of and about to give up, Jon caught a beautiful fish. The fish cried out, "Please have mercy on me and let me go." Jon was surprised and did just that. When Jon got home that night he told his wife Kate about the fish that talked. "Jon you idiot, Kate screamed, that was a magic fish and he would have granted you a wish. HELLO, you are so stupid." Jon thought about this and knew it to be true, after all he was just a poor man and knew no better. Kate told him to go back the next day and recatch the magic fish and tell the fish to give them so children, twins to be exact, so they each could have a child.

So Jon returns the next day and after a long day catches the same fish again. "please magic fish, let my wife and I have twins as we haven't any children and I will let you go", said Jon. So the fish agreed. When Jon got home, there stood his wife with a baby girl in each arm smiling at him.

Soon Kate told Jon to go back and catch the fish again and ask for a bigger house for their family of four. Jon did and after asking the fish for a bigger home Jon released the fish and made his way to his new cozy cottage.

The next morning Kate told Jon to go back to the pond and catch the fish again and demand 6 more children as the twins were not enough. Jon was fearful to do so as the fish might get mad at him, but was more afraid of Kate, so he went back to the pond. This time the water was stormy looking but Jon caught the fish right away.

The fish demanded to know why Jon kept coming back to catch him, wasn't his life happy yet? Did he not have two beautiful daughters and a cozy home? "yes, Jon replied, but my wife wants more children." So the fish granted Jon's wish.

When Jon returned home, Kate was standing outside their home with six new babies and was very angry looking. "What is wrong dear wife?" asked Jon. Kate screamed back to him,"Ummm Hello, you forgot to ask for a even bigger home for our family of ten and also some help to help me take care of all these children and our home!"

So Jon returned to the pond to ask for these new things. The water was dark and churning in an angry way as he caught the fish again. Jon told the fish what his wife wanted and the fish granted his wish.

For two weeks Kate was happy as much as she could be for being a shrew. But very soon, Kate started wanting a even bigger home and all the trappings that would come with it. Kate wanted to be queen and rule the land so she forced Jon to go catch the fish once more.

Jon did as he was told and told the fish Kate's desires. The fish was very angry but did as he was asked.

Jon returned to the castle were only his wife ruled. The children were in the dungeon if they were icky boys or high in towers if they were girls. No one was allowed to be happy or talk to one another by order of queen Kate. Queen kate made rules that no one understood and made everyone cry. Jon was sad and just wanted to fish with 15 year olds like he used to.

So queen Kate called to Jon and told him to find the fish again as she had heard some subjects were unhappy with her. Kate wanted everyone to love her as much as Kate loved Kate. Jon was to tell the fish to make everyone feel about queen Kate as she deserved to be felt about.

So the next day Jon did just that. Jon caught the fish and told him how queen kate wanted to be treated. "Ah, said the wise fish, I know just the thing your wife wishes for. Go, return home and you will see your wife and children are once agin quiet happy."

Jon hurried home, only to find gone was the castle and many servants. Gone were the jewels and costly gowns. All that was left was his humble cottage with 8 healthy children and his wife who had lost her voice. Everyone was very happy and they all lived happily ever after.

So see my children, even the most scariest of stories can have a happy ending.

Blog entry created from comment submitted by boyscoutmomx5.

Karen said...

I have read this story when I was a kid too and remember it well. Now, seeing it apply to Jon and Kate makes it even more tragic. When will Kate learn that love is more important than MORE MORE ME ME GIMME GIMME?

AnneMarie said...

Cute....except a dragon eating the queen would have worked better. Her losing her vioce, she could work around that. She'd get some company to donate one of those Hawkings Speak and Spell devices and turn it to "shrew", and she'd be off and running again.

Its A Good Thing said...

Wow, this story is really fitting for J&K. Its sad to see it all laid out like that because basically that is their life.

Corinne said...

Actually, I see Kate sneaking out of her house late at night, catching the fish, and then skinning it and making Old Magic Fish soup (as long as the magic fish was organic.)

KateIsaBeeyotch said...

Oh if only Queen Kate of the manor could read this. This story just illustrates how manipulating a mom of 8 can really be.

I felt sorry for the poor fish.

Reality does bite.

Monkee said...

"Jon was sad and just wanted to fish with 15 year olds like he used to."

Hilarious!

ROFL said...

Serena,

Thank you for the story.

I think if Kate read it she just wouldn't be able to connect the dots. But then again no one ever said she was an Einstein. lol

The Office Gal said...

It's too bad Kate the shrew wouldn't be able to connect the dots to see how her negative and downright nasty behavior affects everyone.

Tammy H. said...

I have read the story, too....and now that's it wrote using KON...it fits so well, but too bad that it couldn't happen...Kate without a voice and all the kids happy...would be so GREAT!

Kate is an Ugly American said...

Could a story be more fitting? Thank you for bringing this to us. I pictured the scene, especially of poor Jon going back and back to the river and nothing was ever going to be good enough.

Shannon said...

But, but, but.....

That story gets rid of Kate's BEST feature. Poor woman, what will she fall back on?

But we all know she'd be "too exhausted" to head to the pond and the fish would be too icky *shudder* to touch to actually go catch the thing herself.

At least in this story, maybe Jon would be the grown up MAN that he should be instead of Kate's 9th child.

vaikealukuinen said...

"turn it to shrew" LOL

But that's an excellent "rewrite" of the story. More is never enough for Queen Kate.

She wasn't even moved in yet, and was already complaining about the house. What next? The pool isn't big enough for all 10 of them to swim at once? The barn is nice but now she wants to own racehorses? The yard is too big now? The house is to spread out? Jon "can't hear" her when she's shrieking for him to do chores so she doesn't have to?

A Reader said...

I think the retelling of the story was mean-spirited. Is this the sort of venom that will help the family?

I'm an occasional poster who comments only when I'm deeply moved in some way. This time, I'm profoundly disturbed by the cannibalization of a children's story.

Oh, and this is not an ad-feminam attack. We're all complicit in our harping on the family. Let's write convincing letters to TPTB instead of twisted tales, shall we?

Vicki said...

Reader:

Sometimes when there is a "story"
such as this written, some try to find some humor. Honestly, after all the tears some of us have shed for the Gosselin Children, we need a laugh now and then. This story is tragic--just like the
life J&K have given their family.

A Reader said...

Vicki,

I appreciate your comment and understand the cathartic nature of humor (in fact, it's saved me at very dark times in my life), but I do think that there are better ways of finding it than in the foibles and failures of someone's family.

If a poster wanted to use an episode of "The Simpsons" to create a parody of the Gosselins, that's one thing. That show is a parody of the American family to begin with. I just object to the subversion of a wonderful folktale for purposes of criticism.

Serena said...

I think the retelling of the story was mean-spirited. Is this the sort of venom that will help the family?

I didn't see it as mean-spirited at all. It is a timeless cautionary tale, updated to a relevant situation. Subversive? You bet... but not mean-spirited. Just tragic.

Serena said...

Serena,

Thank you for the story.


It was submitted by one of our readers (see the byline), boyscoutmomx5. :)

boyscoutmomx5 said...

A Reader said...
I think the retelling of the story was mean-spirited. Is this the sort of venom that will help the family?

I'm an occasional poster who comments only when I'm deeply moved in some way. This time, I'm profoundly disturbed by the cannibalization of a children's story.

Oh, and this is not an ad-feminam attack. We're all complicit in our harping on the family. Let's write convincing letters to TPTB instead of twisted tales, shall we?



A Reader said...
Vicki,

I appreciate your comment and understand the cathartic nature of humor (in fact, it's saved me at very dark times in my life), but I do think that there are better ways of finding it than in the foibles and failures of someone's family.

If a poster wanted to use an episode of "The Simpsons" to create a parody of the Gosselins, that's one thing. That show is a parody of the American family to begin with. I just object to the subversion of a wonderful folktale for purposes of criticism.
.................................
A Reader, I'm the one who wrote the fish story. First I would like to say I am truely sorry that I offended you or anyone else with the story, but I saw too many similarities to the Gosselins. I was making a point that just like the couple in the first story, Jon and Kate will wish for too much and everything will be taken from them.. their fame and riches. Its a parable to the story.

Second I see the whole mess with J&K to be very sad and disturbing myself and I am not making a joke of their lives. They are doing just fine of doing just that themselves. I was trying to see if anyone else could see the connection between the orginal story and the one I made up and a few have.

So I am sorry that I offended you. It was not done in a mean spirit or any other, just trying to get people to think.

Also, remember J&K willing put themselves out there on TV, if they or you are offended by it, then I'm sorry. You can not put your life out there and expect everyone to have the same point of veiw and like what you show them. You have to take the good with the bad. This show is a tragedy in the making. And no, this story isn't going to help J&K but it just might make people think hmmmm.

A Reader said...

(Note: This is an edited version of an earlier post. I hit the wrong button before I could make the changes!)

Serena said:

I didn't see it as mean-spirited at all. It is a timeless cautionary tale, updated to a relevant situation. Subversive? You bet... but not mean-spirited. Just tragic.
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The original cautionary tale was universal; the updated version relates to a specific, readily identifiable family, and that's why I took umbrage at the less-than-charitable revision.

That being said, I do agree with you that it's a tragic story, no matter how it's spun.

Serena said...

the updated version relates to a specific, readily identifiable family, and that's why I took umbrage at the less-than-charitable revision.

Well I see what you mean, but there is really no charitable way to make the point -- you have to expose greed and call it what it is in order to teach the lesson.

Personally I think it is a more powerful tale when you use a specific family that we all know in order to illustrate the point and make it crystal clear... but I do see your point.

Gloria said...

I think this is a very apporpriate and poignantly made point and appreciate the author for sharing it with us.

A Reader said...

boyscoutmomx5,

I realize that you thought you were doing something positive when you revised the fable, although I do have to say that you're preaching mostly to the converted when you present the story here. I'm used to reading criticism of the Gosselins and have even contributed my own, much to my later chagrin; I just don't think their offering themselves up as TV entertainment entitles us to judge the depths of their souls.

Thanks to everyone for your comments on my original post; I know that you don't enter onto them lightly.

And here's a thought: even though we may not have much apparent impact on the Gosselins, we can learn from tolerating each other's views, and that's something!

ROFL said...

A Reader:

This story "was" Queen Kate!

Read it again...Reader [lol]

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Serena:

Sorry I thanked you...

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boyscoutmomx5:

Great Story! Thanks.

A Reader said...

Serena said:

"Well I see what you mean, but there is really no charitable way to make the point -- you have to expose greed and call it what it is in order to teach the lesson."

I think school's just about out on this lesson; we know they're greedy (or, at least, so they seem from the edited versions of them that we receive). The question before us is "What do we do about it?" A constant weaving of tales doesn't seem all that productive to me.

"Personally I think it is a more powerful tale when you use a specific family that we all know in order to illustrate the point and make it crystal clear... but I do see your point."

Once again, we're preaching to the converted. And I thank you for seeing my point; I see yours, as well.

Ciao, and happy weekend to all.

blueBeDeviled said...

Great telling of a timeless tale. I fear Kate will never learn to be happy and satisfied. Sad really.

Lexie said...

Great story!

You know what they say: there's only a few stories that exist in the world. They just keep getting retold in different ways. ;)

Held's Angel said...

I have thought of that story often watching this show. How appropriate.

ThreeFarmers said...

Guess the fish wasn't into giving love offerings.

Terra said...

"Corinne said...

Actually, I see Kate sneaking out of her house late at night, catching the fish, and then skinning it and making Old Magic Fish soup (as long as the magic fish was organic.)"


You made me laugh so hard, I almost choked.