An old country preacher

An old country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing aprofession. Like many young men his age, the boydidn't really know what he wanted to do, and hedidn't seem too concerned about it. One day, while theboy was away at school, his father decided to try anexperiment. He went into the boy's room and placed onhis study table four objects.

1. A bible.

2. A silver dollar.

3. A bottle of whisky.

4. And a Playboy magazine.

"I'll just hide behind the door," the old preacher said to himself. "When he comes home from school today, I'll see which object he picks up. If it's the bible, he's going to be a preacher like me, and what a blessing that would be! If he picks up thedollar, he's going to be a business man, and that wouldbe okay, too. But if he picks up the bottle, he'sgoing to be a no-good drunken bum, and Lord, what a shamethat would be. And worst of all if he picks up thatmagazine he's going to be a skirt-chasing womanizer." The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's foot-steps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room.

The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned toleave the room he spotted the objects on the table. Withcuriosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them. Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under hisarm. He picked up the silver dollar and dropped into hispocket. He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink, whilehe admired this month's centerfold. "Lord have mercy," the old preacher disgustedly whispered. "He's gonna run for Congress."

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