9 September 98
of constructing tribal lays,
and every single one of them is right.
-- Rudyard Kipling
A kid went down to the dump intending to practice using his newly acquired wrist rocket (slingshot). When he got there, he discovered that someone else had been before him-- and whoever it was had been a very good shot. A piece of plaster wall board had been set up, and little target circles had been drawn all over the board. Dead in the center of each drawn circle there was a ding denoting a hit.
The kid set up his own piece of wall board next to the other, drew some circles, gathered up a bunch of suitable stones, and began to practice. He wasn't anywhere as near as good a shot as the unknown shooter, but he kept drawing new circles and trying his best to hit them dead center-- obviously, practice could make perfect, so he kept shooting. A while later, he was startled when a voice behind him said, "You're doing it all wrong, sonny." He turned to find an old, old lady watching him.
"Are you the marksman?" he asked her, indicating the first target board. "Yep," she replied. "Your're really good," he said. "Could you teach me?" The old, old lady regarded him for a moment, then said, "Takes most folks a lifetime to learn--" "Please," the kid begged. "Well... I guess. Might do you some good at that." And she pulled a slingshot out of her back pocket. She picked up a handful of stones and took a stance, saying, "Now, watch close, sonny." And without further ado she fired the stones, one after the other, at the plaster wall board he had set up. The kid watched, dumfounded, as not one stone hit any of the circles.
"I thought you said you were the marskman--" the kid began
accusingly, but she held her hand up to silence him, saying, "Keep
your shirt on, sonny. I ain't done, yet." She walked over to the
board, and from her shirt pocket she took a piece of red chalk and
proceeded to draw circles around each of the dings that marked her
hits. Stepping back she said, "There's a lesson for you, sonny. Try
not to forget it." And off she went.
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