#1115 - 39 Cents of Understanding
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.
He painted a sign advertising the pups and set about nailing it
to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last
nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls.
He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."
"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of
his neck, "these puppies come from fine parents and cost a good
deal of money."
The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into
his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held
it up to the farmer. "I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that
enough to take a look?"
"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle,
"Here, Dolly!" he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by
four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face
against the chain link fence.
His eyes danced with delight.
As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed
something else stirring inside the doghouse.
Slowly another little ball appeared; this one noticeably
Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner the
little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to
"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt.
The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said,
"Son, you don't want that puppy.
He will never be able to run and play with you like these other
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached
down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers.
In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of
his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.
Looking back up at the farmer, he said,
"You see sir, I don't run too well myself,
and he will need someone who understands."
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