A woman and her skirt: a 100-word fable of being stuck in the past

Once upon a time, there was a woman who’d been wearing the same skirt for many years. It was tattered and unsightly, yet she refused to let it go. One day, guests brought her a gift from the city market: a brand new skirt.

“Awesome!” the woman said.”What a beautiful skirt!”

The next morning, the guests woke up and gasped at what they saw. The woman had her old skirt on, still. But she’d cut the new one into tiny pieces, to patch up the holes in the old one.