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The Old Mother Superior

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An old Mother Superior was dying, she was close to 100 years old and had lived a long and faithful life.

The nuns in the convent were all gathered around her bed, trying to make the last journey of her mortal life as comfortable as possible.

They offered her some warm milk to drink, but she refused it.

Then one of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen. Remembering that there was a bottle of Irish whisky that she had received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk.

A few minutes later, back at the Mother Superior’s bedside, she held the glass to her lips.

The Mother Superior drank a little of the warm milk, then a little more and before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass down to the last drop.

“Mother”, the nuns asked with humility, “please give us some wisdom before you die”.

The old Mother Superior raised herself up in bed and with a pious look on her face said, “Whatever you do, don’t sell that cow…”

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