When the kid asks her grandmother the meaning of the quote “don’t fly too high, or your wings will melt.” She is reminded of a Greek myth of Icarus. The kid asks her to tell the story to him, and like every other grandmom she couldn’t say no to her grandson and starts the story.
It was a long time back, when no man has ever thought of flying, let alone fly. There was an engineer named Daedalus. It was said he could make anything anyone can imagine. Icarus was the young son who often assisted Daedalus with his inventions. It was Daedalus who designed the Palace of Knossos, which is still standing in modern-day Greece. King Minos had employed Daedalus for his architectural work, He asked Daedalus to build a labyrinth(maze) to imprison the monster Minotaur, and he could imprison his enemies in the labyrinth, making sure that they would be killed by the monster.
King Minos found out that Daedalus was the one who had given the idea to provide the prisoner with the thread that helped him come out from the labyrinth, after killing the Minotaur. This angered the King Minos who imprisoned the Daedalus and Icarus in the same labyrinth. Daedalus was too smart to be imprisoned in any prison.
He watched the birds flying above the labyrinth, just flapping their wings. He collected the fallen feathers of the birds and made a wing by using wax. He made two pair of wings one for himself and others for Icarus. He taught Icarus not to fly too close to the sea as the wings will freeze and they will fall, nor they were supposed to fly too high as the heat from the sun will melt the wax and they will fall. And they started to fly away from the labyrinth.Despite the warning Icarus was too excited by the thrill of flying and carried away by the astounding feeling of freedom and started flying high, followed by diving low and again trying to reach the top. He thought he could touch the Sun, but unfortunately his wax melts and his wings feathers away, he falls down to the sea and drowned. The sea is till date known as the Icarian sea.
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Ever heard One should never give up—-It was his courage based on which he is remembered even now!
You, too, know what it’s like to fail six times in a row.”But the spider did not lose hope. With still more care, she made ready to try for a seventh time. Robert the Bruce almost forgot his own troubles as he watched, fascinated. She swung herself out upon the slender line.
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Sorry, I didn’t get the reference here, but thanks for sharing the story, it was wonderful. 🙏