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A small boy at summer camp received a large package

of cookies in the mail from his mother. He ate a few, then

placed the remainder under his bed. The next day, after

lunch, he went to his tent to get a cookie. The box was


That afternoon a camp counselor, who had been told of

the theft, saw another boy sitting behind a tree eating the

stolen cookies. "That young man," he said to himself,

"must be taught not to steal."

He returned to the group and sought out the boy whose

cookies had been stolen. "Billy," he said, "I know who

stole your cookies. Will you help me teach him a lesson?"

"Well, yes-but aren't you going to punish him?" asked

the puzzled boy.

"No, that would only make him resent and hate you,"

the counselor explained. "I want you to call your mother

and ask her to send you another box of cookies."

The boy did as the counselor asked and a few days later

received another box of cookies in the mail.

"Now," said the counselor, "the boy who stole your

cookies is down by the lake. Go down there and share

your cookies with him."

"But," protested the boy, "he's the thief."

"I know. But try it--see what happens."

Half an hour later the camp counselor saw the two

come up the hill, arm in arm. The boy who had stolen the

cookies was earnestly trying to get the other to accept his

jackknife in payment for the stolen cookies, and the vic-

tim was just as earnestly refusing the gift from his new

friend, saying that a few old cookies weren't that impor-

tant anyway.

Автор Зейтуллаев Осман Люманович
Дата добавления 21.03.2016
Раздел Иностранные языки
Подраздел Другое
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