[Breaking News: The "Folk Process" traced and documented! "Old Aesop Tale" a first or second generation Hybrid! Is this as big as documented proof of evolution? Maybe!]trouble
traced one parent: The Blind Man and the Lame Man
traced the other: The Man, His Son, and His Donkey
Both stories were on the same site (i.e. a Web version of a single book): Aesop's Fables
, by J. (Jenny) H. Stickney, originally published in 1915. There are only 21 stories listed between the one and the other -- so, in a paper-printed book, less than a dozen pages between them.
My mother was born in 1934. I bet Aesop's Fables
was on her family bookshelf -- or perhaps even more likely, the local library (Schoolhouse or public) -- and mother, in her youth, wolfed down several stories in one sitting, the way you do, when the stories are short and witty and wry.
Years later, when I came along, she remembered both
stories, but her memory mushed them together, and she couldn't go back to check the source.
Hee! Bonus glimpse into my mother's childhood! *\o/*( The Old News )