Do you remember the classic children's story, “Jack And The Bean Stalk?”
Jack and his mother found themselves in what we would call dire straits today.
Their provision had run out and all they had was a skinny old cow.
Once upon a time there lived a poor widow who had an only son named Jack. She was very poor, for times had been hard, and Jack was too young to work. Almost all the furniture of the little cottage had been sold to buy bread, until at last there was nothing left worth selling. Only the good cow remained, and she gave milk every morning, which they took to market and sold. But one sad day the cow gave no milk, and then things looked bad indeed.