A young woman,
with a baby in her arms, entered a butcher shop and confronted the butcher
with the news that the baby was his and asked what he was going to do about
He said he'd
offer to provide her with free meat until the boy was 16. She agreed.
The 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." "I 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." When the boy arrived home he told his mother.
The woman nodded
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!"