The Elves and the Shoemaker

Once upon a time, there was a shoemaker who had fallen on hard times. Every day, he worked until the early hours, yet he barely had enough money to buy food or fuel to heat his home.

It came to be that all he had left in the world was enough leather to make a single pair of shoes. That day, he worked hard making a pattern and cutting the leather. Despite all his troubles, he said to his wife, “If these are the last shoes I make, I want them to be the best

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