The Wise Old Woman

This story is about an overconfident lord who believed that anyone over the age of seventy-one was not worth the time of day and space  and should be forced to live somewhere else other than this small western village in Japan.  Many of the town people disagreed with their ruler, but in fear of being reprimanded they remained quiet and obedient.  Overtime the village was to become a place where only the young and healthy lived, and this was pleasing to the young lord.

  One day a young farmer, who lived with his mother had to make a hard decision; whether or not to take his mother to the mountains before the soldiers removed both of them from the village and placing them in a dungeon to die for disobeying the age law.  This farmer contemplated over time until his mother said it was time for her to go. The obedient son took his mother up the mountain, climbing higher and higher and regretting to leave her. Something happened and the young farmer could not leave his mother so they returned to the small village.  The young lord and the villagers knew nothing different about the farmer except that he was a hard worker.  {Where did the young farmer take his mother?}

  Without warning another Lord from a town beyond, threatened to conquer the small village and make it his own if he was not brought a box containing one thousand ropes of ash. Unfortunately, this was a tall order for the young lord and his villagers to fill because of their age they couldn’t have known the method.  But behold, the young farmer did not know his mother (old and wise) had the solution to the villages problem. With this knowledge she gave her son and he was able to go out and save the village.