A Beacon Hill teacher told her young class to ask their parents for a family story with a moral at the end of it.
In the classroom the next day, Mary gave her example first, “My mom went grocery shopping in Beacon Hill and as she was walking down Charles Street the paper bag she was carrying ripped, and all the eggs she bought broke. The moral of the story is not to put all your eggs in one basket..”
“Very good,” said the teacher.
Next, it was Robert’s turn to tell his story: “My dad told me this story about my Grandpa Joe who was a fighter pilot in the war and his plane got hit. He had to bail out over enemy territory and all he had was a bottle of whisky, a machine gun, and a machete.”
“Go on,” said the teacher, intrigued.
“Grandpa Joe drank the whisky on the way down to prepare himself; then he landed right in the middle of a hundred enemy soldiers. he killed seventy of them with the machine gun until he ran out of bullets. Then he killed twenty more with the machete till the blade broke. And then he killed the last ten with his bare hands.”
“Good heavens,” said the horrified teacher, “What did your father say was the moral of that frightening story?”
“Stay away from Grandpa when he’s been drinking…”
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