We all need a friend who understands
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted
a sign advertising the 4 pups. And set about nailing it to a post on
the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he
felt a tugon his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little
"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."
"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat of the
back of his neck,"These puppies come from fine parents and cost a
good deal of money."
The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into
his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the
farmer. "I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"
"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle.
"Here, Dolly!" he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran
Dollyfollowed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed
his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As
the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something
else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this
one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat
awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others,doing
its best to catch up...
"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt.
The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't
want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like
these other dogs would." With that the little boy stepped back from
the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In
doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching
itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he
said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who
With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the
little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy. "How
much?" asked the little boy. "No charge," answered the farmer, "There's
no charge for love."
The world is full of people who need someone who understands.