Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
October 2022
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Selfish Son

There was once a man who had a very selfish and unkind son. So one day the father sent his son to the market with one coin and said, “I am sick and tired of your selfish ways. Take this coin and buy with it: something to feed the cows, something to plant in the garden, something for us to eat, and something for us to drink. Don’t come back until you do this!” He is only allowed to buy one item. What did he buy that fulfilled his father’s wish?

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3 guesses to Selfish Son


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  • Julie

    Easy, it’s an Irish thing – feed the cow potato forage; plant the patato/root in the garden; au gratin for dinner; potato mash/vodka for an after dinner beverage (more of a Russian thing, as an Irishwoman prefers her Guinness).

  • Dude

    Excellent answer, Julie!
    You will receive partial credit for such a creative answer, just not the one we were looking for. There may be several more. Keep up the guesses, everybody.
    Great job, Julie!

  • Tortle

    he bought a watermelon the juice to drink the pulp to eat the seeds to plant and the rind to feed the cows