Midas was an extremely rich king who ruled the country of Phrygia, in Asia Minor. He had everything anyone could ask for, and he lived in a lovely castle. He shared his life with a beautiful daughter who he loved dearly, but he was greedy and he seemed to think that happiness was provided by gold. He was so greedy that he spent hours counting his coins one by one.
One day, on his way home, he came across a palace. It wasn’t a normal palace, it was grand and colossal; it was amazing. As he entered, bewitched by the splendour, he noticed a man standing there idle, waiting for him. He was the Wish Man, a man who grants wishes. “You have one wish,” said the man in a deep voice, “What does your heart desire?”
As quick as a whip, Midas leapt into the air and bellowed, “I wish for everything I touch to turn to gold!”
“Your wish has been granted,” the Wish Man said.
Midas thought this was all a joke so he hastily paced away wishing he had never come. Then, all of a sudden, the grass under his feet turned to gold. Laughing, he sprinted home and raced around his palace touching everything he saw. Within the hour, his whole palace was gleaming gold. But, after all the excitement, Midas was hungry. He reached for an apple, but when he put the fresh apple to his lips, it had turned to gold. Just then, his daughter ran into his arms to hug him, and in a second, she was golden too.
Looking at what he had done, Midas realised that he had been greedy and that gold wasn’t the most important thing in his life. He promised he wouldn’t be greedy again and he would share his riches. His daughter returned to him and he lost his golden touch.
So remember, be careful what you wish for.