Learn the code
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 98 11:40:18 -0800
Subject: Learn the code
Forwarded-by: Dan Hunt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
An elderly priest was upset with the things he was hearing during Saturday
confessions. After his sermon one Sunday morning, he said to his
congregation, "I'm tired of hearing so many people tell me in confession
that they have cheated. For thirty years, people have been saying to me 'I
have cheated with Anthony...I have cheated with Mary...I have cheated with
Frankie.' I am sick and tired of hearing this word. From now on, when
you come into my confessional, you will say 'I have fallen with Anthony,
or with Mary, or with Frankie.' No more the word CHEAT. It will be FALL."
About a year later, the old priest retired and was replaced by a younger
man. No one thought to tell the new priest about the old priest's choice of
words in the confessional. After hearing his first round of Saturday
confessions,the young priest went to the mayor of the town and said to him,
"Mr. Mayor, you are going to have to do something about the deplorable
condition of the streets and sidewalks in this town. Everybody is telling
me they are falling all over the place."
The mayor immediately understood the problem, and he leaned back in his
chair and had a good laugh. Now the priest was really puzzled; he said, "Mr.
Mayor, how can you laugh? Just last week your own wife fell three times!"
© 1998 Peter Langston