Wise Old Man
A wise old gentleman retired and purchased a modest home in the
summer near a junior high school. He spent the first few weeks of his
retirement in peace and contentment.
Then a new school year began. The very next afternoon three young
boys full of youthful after-school enthusiasm came down his street
beating merrily on every trash can they encountered. The crashing
percussion continued day after day, until finally the wise old man
decided it was time to take some action.
The next afternoon, he walked out to meet the young percussionists as
they banged their way down the street. Stopping them, he said,You
kids are a lot of fun. I like to see you express your exuberance like
that. I used to do the same thing when I was your age. Will you do me a
favor? I'll give you each a dollar if you'll promise to come around every
day and do your thing.
The kids were elated and continued to do a bang-up job on the trash
cans. A few days later, the wily retiree approached them again as they
drummed their way down the street. He said, I haven't received my Social
Security (pension) check yet, so I'm not going to be able to give you more
than 25 cents. Will that be okay?
A lousy quarter? the drum leader exclaimed. If you
think we're going to waste our time beating these cans around for a
quarter, you're nuts! No way, man. We quit!
And the wise old man enjoyed peace and serenity for the rest of his
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