was many years ago since the embarrassing day when a young woman,
with a baby in her arms, entered his butcher shop and confronted
him with the news that the baby was his and asked what was he
going to do about it?
he offered to provide her with free meat until the boy was 16.
butcher had been counting the years off on his calendar, and
one day the teenager, who had been collecting the meat each
week, came into the shop and said, "I'll be 16 tomorrow."
know," said the butcher with a smile,
"I've been counting too, tell your mother, when you take
this parcel of meat home, that it is the last free meat she'll
get, and watch the expression on her face."
the boy arrived home he told his mother. The woman nodded and
"Son, go back to the butcher and tell him I have also had
free bread, free milk, and free groceries for the last 16 years
and watch the expression on his face!"