A thimble, a needle and a piece of thread were all lying on a lady's work table together. Now, the needle, had rather a nasty temper, and could give sharp pricks when it pleased, and this morning it was out of sorts, so it tried to pick a quarrel with the thimble, and said, spitefully: "You gave me some hard knocks yesterday, and I wish you would be more gentle in the future."
"It is true, I do push you hard sometimes," answered the thimble, "but you know it is only when you do not do your work properly, and our mistress makes me keep you up to it."
"Pray, don't you two quarrel," said the thread wishing to be a peacemaker.
"You mind your own business," retorted the needle.
"My business is your business," said the thread, "for you are no use without me, and I am none without you."
"That's just it," said the thimble. "A great deal of nonsense is talked in this world about being independent, but my own opinion is that people should try to help one another, for, from the highest to the lowest, we are all very dependent n the good services of our neighbors for something or other every day of our live."Check out "Sewing Thimbles and A Gift of Love" on The Vintage Village Blog and our new Pinterest board for thimbles.