As usual on Christmas Day at Tommy’s house, the place was packed with relatives ready for Christmas dinner.
His Grandfather called six year old Tommy over and started asking him about school, girlfriends and other stuff he could think of.
After a while, his Grandpa noticed that Tommy was loosing interest in the conversation, so he pulled out two bills from his wallet to see if he could keep him interested. What he pulled out was a ten dollar and a twenty dollar bill.
He showed both bills to Tommy and told him that he can keep any one of them that he chooses.
Tommy reached over and grabbed the ten dollar bill.
His Grandfather was pretty surprised at this and also a little upset about the unwise decision that his grandchild had made.
So, he pulled out another ten dollar bill to see if it was a mistake.
Again, he told Tommy to take one of the bills and keep it.
Tommy grabbed the other ten dollar bill.
His Grandfather again was surprised and upset.
So he took Tommy over to one of the uncles and shows him how dumb Tommy was in choosing the ten dollar bill over the twenty dollar bill.
His Grandfather went on and on, showing every uncle and cousin and each time Tommy chose the ten dollar bill over the twenty dollar bill.
His Grandfather finally showed the stunt to Tommy’s father.
Tommy’s father was quite surprised, but didn’t pay too much attention at the moment.
A few hours later however, after thinking over what had happened, his father, who was now very concerned about Tommy’s poor decision.
So he walked up to him and asked him if he knows the difference between a ten dollar bill and a twenty dollar bill.
“Of course”, Tommy answered.
“So why did you always choose the ten over the twenty?”, his father asked.
Tommy, with a wide smile answered, “Well Dad, if I would have chosen the first twenty dollar bill, do you think Grandpa would have played the game fifteen more times?”
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