Saturday, October 24, 2009

Well they say if you don't use it you lose it

The Old Pecan Tree

On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. 'One for you, one for me one for you, one for me,' said one boy. Several dropped from the tree and rolled down toward the fence. Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, 'One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.' He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off.

Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. 'Come here quick,' said the boy, 'you won't believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls.'

The man said, 'Beat it kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk.' When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard , 'One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.'

The old man whispered, 'Boy, you've been tellin' me the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord.' Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.

At last they heard, 'One for you, one for me. That's all. Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done.' They say the old man made it back to town a full 5 minutes ahead of the kid on the bike.


Arkansas Patti said...

Good Halloween story.

Margaret Cloud said...

This put a smile on my face, very good and funny post. Thank you for coming by and glad your surgery turned out okay.

mommanator said...

very funny! I need some of the nuts sometimes teehee

Gramma Ann said...

Oh Patty, that was so funny. The weather here is sunny and cool today, but the last few days we had rain. Almost 3 inches by the end of yesterday.

The Mulligan Family said...

That is hilarious. Love it!

Hope you and Abe are doing well. I know you mentioned some birthdays coming up. Whenever they are - I hope you both have a GREAT time and wonderful celebration!

Twisted Fencepost said...

If I had been the old man, I would have knocked the kid off his bike and rode it. tee hee

Sleeping Beauty said...

I am laughing so hard right now.. Love it :)