It was the coldest winter ever. All the animals were freezing and some had died. The porcupines, realising the situation, decided to huddle together to keep warm but the sharp quills of each one wounded their closest companions. After a while they decided to distance themselves from one another but each one was frightened he might die cold and alone.
So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or be cold and alone and frightened. They decided to go back to being together and to accept the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the warmth they gave each other. They learnt to be gentle and respectful of each other and they were able to get through the winter together.
They also learnt that the best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people but is when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities.