Monday, May 7, 2012

There's no charge for love

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 tug on his overalls.  He looked
down into the eyes o f little  boy.

"Mister," he said, "I want to buy  one of your

"Well," said  the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat
off 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
Dolly followed 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 hi s

In doing so he  revealed a steel brace running down
both  sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially  made

Looking back up at the  farmer, he said, "You see sir,
I don't run  too well myself, and he will need someone
who understands."

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

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