Nancy told me this story many years ago, and I've always loved it. The world needs more Grimm.
As the name suggests, this is the story about the pineapple fruit and why it has so many eyes. This story instills hard-work and obedience in children. It is also a reminder to never utter words that might harm someone.
There lived a girl named Pina, on a fruit plantation, with her mother. While her mother toiled night and day, little Pina would spend all her time playing with her friends. When her mother asked her to do something, she would always reply that she couldn't find the things, even if it was right in front of her eyes. One day, her mother fell ill and couldn't even get up to cook some food. So, she asked Pina to make some rice. But, Pina being her lazy self, said, "I just can't find the pot, so what am I going to make the rice in?". Her mother told her where the pot was. Then she said, "Where is the ladle, how am I going to cook without a ladle?". Again her sick mother had to tell her the exact location. Pina did the same with salt, rice and water! Enraged by Pina's behavior, her mother cursed, "May you grow a thousand eyes", and went back to sleep.
When she woke up, there was no trace of the girl. She searched and searched, and so did every single person on the plantation. After a few days, a strange fruit with thousands of little dots was seen on the plantation. When Pina's mother saw the fruit, she was immediately reminded of Pina's beautiful brown eyes and thus, the fruit with a thousand eyes was named "Pinya", meaning pineapple.