The Plus Sign
Little Tommy was doing very badly in math. His parents had tried
tutors, flash cards, special learning center; in short, everything that
could think of. Finally in a last ditch effort, they took Tommy down and
enrolled him in the local Catholic School.
After the first day, Little Tommy comes home with a very serious look on
face. He doesn't kiss his mother hello. Instead, he goes straight to his
and starts studying. Books and papers are spread out all over the room
and Little Tommy is hard at work. His mother is amazed. She calls him
to dinner and to her surprise, the minute he is done eating he marches back to his
without a word, and in no time he is back hitting the books as hard as
This goes on for some time, day after day, while the Mother tries to
what made all the difference.
Finally, Little Tommy brings home his report card. He quietly lays it on
table and goes up to his room and hits the books. With great trepidation,
mom looks at it and to her surprise, Little Tommy got an 'A' in Math. She
no longer hold her curiosity. She goes to his room and says: "Son, what
it? Was it the nuns?" Little Tommy looks at her and shakes his head.
then," she replies, "Was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the
WHAT was it???" Little Tommy looks at her and says, "Well, on the
first day of school, when I saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I knew
they weren't fooling around."
Addendum -- Proverbs 9:9 (NASB) "Give instruction to a wise man,
and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning."
[ Author Unknown -- from Digory ]
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