Call No Man Happy Till He Is Dead
One day a farmer's horse ran away. That evening his neighbors gather around to commiserate with the farmer over such bad luck. The farmer said, "May be." The next day the horse returned, followed by six wild horses. The neighbors couldn't believe the farmer's sudden good luck. The farmer said, "May be." The next day, while trying to ride one of the wild horses, the farmer's son was thrown and broke his leg. The neighbors again commiserated over the father's bad luck, but all he said was, "May be." The day after that, army officers came through the village conscripting the oldest sons, but the farmer's son was rejected because of his broken leg. When the neighbors came toe say how fortunate everything turned out, the farmer said, "May be."