It had been many years since that embarrassing day when a young woman, with a baby in her arms, entered Charlie’s butcher shop.
The woman confronted him with the news that the baby was his and asked what was he going to do about it?
Finally, after thinking how he was going to resolve this, after all he was a “happily married man”, he offered to provide her with free meat until the boy reached 16.
The woman agreed.
Charlie had been counting the years off on his calendar. Then one day, the teenager, who had been collecting the meat each week, came into his butcher shop and said, “It will be my 16th birthday tomorrow”.
“I know”, Charlie said with a smile. “I have been counting too. Tell your mother, when you take this parcel of meat home, that this is the last free meat she’ll get, then watch the expression on her face”.
When the boy arrived home he told his mother.
The woman nodded and said, “Son, go back to the butcher and tell him I have also had free bread, free milk, and free groceries for the last 16 years, then watch the expression on his face!”
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