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Providing for the Family

It had been many years since the embarrassing day when the young woman, with a baby in her arms, entered his butcher shop. She confronted him with the news that the baby was his and asked what he was going to do about it?

After a long discussion, he offered to provide her with free meat until the boy was 16. She agreed.

He had been counting the years off on his calendar. One day the boy who had been collecting the meat each week came into the shop and said, “I’ll be 16 tomorrow.”

“I know,” said the butcher with a smile. “I’ve been counting too. When you take this parcel of meat home, tell your mother that it is the last free meat she’ll get. Watch the expression on her face.”

When the boy arrived home he told his mother what the butcher had said. She just smiled and said, “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!”

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