Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The Parable of the Pie
Once upon a time, there was a very sick girl. A man in town heard about the sick girl and decided to visit her, hoping to cheer her up.
He visited her every day for a week and his visits made her happy. One day, as he was leaving the sick girl's house, he noticed a man waiting for him on the sidewalk outside.
"I'm the sick girl's brother," said the man. "Thank you for visiting my sister! As a way to express my gratitude, I have brought you a piece of pie." And he handed the visitor a delicious piece of apple pie.
For the rest of the month, every time the man would leave the sick girl's house, her brother was standing there, waiting to hand him a delicious piece of pie.
But one day, as he was leaving, the brother was standing in the same place--with no pie.
"Where's my damn pie?" asked the good Samaritan, angrily.
The brother was taken aback. "I'm sorry," he said, "I ran out of apples. But as soon as I have some more, I will bake another pie. In the meantime, I want to thank you very much for visiting my sister."
"What? That's not good enough! I want pie! Where's my pie?" yelled the man, and he punched the other guy in the face.
The girl's brother ran away in fright and was never seen again.
Moral of the story: If someone hands you a piece of pie, enjoy the pie. But don't expect pie every time.