Two carpets In one usual house there lived a big family. There were living several generations together: grandmother and grandfather, their children with their families and their little grandchildren. This sweet and friendly big family wore on loving and helping each other. Everyone had their own place in this ancient house. But there were such two rooms which were very different from the other ones. The first one was beautifully decorated, with golden curtains and full of precious furniture. The crystal chandelier was lighting brightly in the room. There were big vases on the table made of red precious wood. Huge carpet embroidered with different colors was laid in the middle of the room. It was charm of the room. That carpet sometimes was looking with proud at itself and everyone around it. Even each member of the family was walking next to it respectfully and was quickly stepping to the next room. Modestly decorated the second room was looking even very poorly. It was much smaller than its neighbor. There was nothing special and precious there: some simple shelves with flowers; simple arm-chairs wore out by the time… There was one old pale carpet on the floor. But for some reason, everyone was spending their free time in this room. That simple room was the only gathering place for the whole family. The children were playing on the old carpet and elder people were sitting around and talking until late. This simple room was favorite place of the family. One day when no one was at home, beautiful and precious carpet asked with curiosity its old and pale neighbor: “I don’t understand why everyone gathers around you. You are so old, colorless and ugly. You even can’t come to resemble my colors and beauty. But why is this happening that everyone is just passing by me and then everyone is lying down on you and paying and resting…” “There is nothing surprising in that, – quietly said the old carpet – you are beautiful and fluffy, but it is only superficially… But in the depth you are full of dust. No one take you out to clean and winnow.” After this word both kept silence. The beautiful carpet was silent and thoughtful for a long time and then told its neighbor: “May be you’re right, but I would never sacrifice myself for such humiliation, I don’t want myself to be beaten by anyone for cleaning even though that someone would spend whole day fondling me. I’m very beautiful and if no one wants me, I’ll enjoy with my beauty.” “But I’m real, anyone can touch me and lie down on me” – answered the old carpet. The beautiful neighbor said nothing. Both stayed on their minds and continued life with their own values.