A Fairy Tale of Salt
Once upon a time there was an old king who had three adult daughters. One day, he wanted to find out which of them he would leave his kingdom in succession to.
He thus called for all three and asked each of them how much they loved him.
“ Dearest father“ replied the oldest. “ I love you the same way as I love my eyes and my heart. I love you more than the freedom and more than words can express. No daughter could love her father more than I love you.
The old king was very pleased when he heard this.
The middle daughter said, 'I love you more than I love the sun light. I love you more than heaven and everywhere on earth. I can not love someone or something as much as I love you.
Also with this reply, the old king was very pleased. He finally turned to her youngest daughter and asked her to tell me how much she loved him.
“Dear father“, She answered. 'I love you as much as people love salt“.
The old king was dismayed when he heard this. “ As salt“ he exclaimed. “ You say you love me like salt! The simplest spice in my kingdom! If you at least said saffron, which is costly offense or sugar is sweet! But the salt! It is the same as saying that you do not love me at all!“
Dudgeon drove the king's youngest daughter at the door and forbade her to ever appear in front of his face again. He appointed the eldest daughter of his heir, then the middle was outraged and went to sea and became a pirate queen.
The youngest daughter walked away saddened. When she had gone for many days she came to another castle. She was immediately employed in the kitchen and soon the reputation of her skill reached the young king's ear and she was appointed to head chef. After a time the young king married and the wedding was celebrated with a fantastic feast that lasted for days three. Obviously the neighboring kingdoms rulers were invited and the old king was there. The youngest daughter then saw that the food her father was eating contained no salt. One formidable course after the other was served and all the guests praised the food excellence. All but the old king, who could hardly get down a bite. Every single mouthful grew in his mouth and although the food was delicious it was almost uneatable. In the end he could not stand it any longer and called for the chef. What have you done with my food“ he exclaimed. “ It tastes of nothing at all! Everything looks fantastic, but it tastes like slush and dust wad! As much as I chew, I have no taste and as much I swallow down, it feels not as if I get measured“
Dear Father ', replied the cook then“ You exiled me from your house when I told you I loved you that people love salt. That is why you got no salt in your food today. Just as pointless as this feast is without salt, just as meaningless is my life when I may not live close to you.
Where did the old king back his youngest daughter. Only now when he ate a meal without salt he realized how important it was with the salt and only then he could also understand that his youngest daughter loved him just as much as the two older. He was ashamed when he realized how stupid he brought in and wrote immediately on his succession to the youngest daughter became his successor. Since he retired as soon as he came to. His daughter was a good queen, who ruled with wisdom and care in many, many happy years.