The Other I

December 16, 2008

A story for Christmas

Filed under: Just Stuff,Survival Strategies — theotheri @ 3:44 pm

While we are reeling and weary with stories that the head of NASDAQ has for years been running a pyramid fund which has effectively stolen 50 billion dollars, and that the governor of Illinois has been trying to sell Obama’s now vacated Senate seat with the intention of enriching himself by millions of dollars, here is a story that suggests that there is still honour in the most unexpected places.

When Studs Terkel was quite old, he was sitting in his living room one evening with his very ill wife, when a burglar climbed in through the window.

“Give me your money,” he demanded.  Terkel reached into his pocket and pulled out his wallet.  “All I have in the house are these two twenties,” he said.  “Okay,” says burglar, “give them to me.”  So he did.

“But,” says Terkel, “tomorrow I have to take a cab to the pharmacy to get medicine for my wife.”  “How much will the cab cost?”  inquires Burglar.  “About twenty dollars,” says Terkel.  “Okay,” says Burglar, “take one of these twenties back.”  “Thank you,” says Terkel.  “Thank you,” says Burglar and he headed to make his departure out the window.

“Oh, you don’t have to leave by the window,” says Terkel.  “Use the front door.”

Which he did.  “Thank you,” Burglar said again.  And left.

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