Yet Another Good Deed
One afternoon I was expecting Gordon to come over to play computer games. He was almost half an hour late. Another half hour went by, and still there was no sign of Gordon. Finally, almost an hour later, there was a frantic kicking at my front door. I could hear Gordon yelling, “Let me in! Quick! Let me in!”
When I opened the door, Gordon charged past me, holding out his arms and yelling, “Stand back! Don’t touch me!” He ran into our bathroom and throwing his shirt on the floor, he started furiously scrubbing himself with hot, soapy water.
“Yuck! I will never do another good deed for the rest of my life. It just isn’t worth it!” he complained.
“What happened!?!” I asked.
“Well,” he said, starting to calm down, drying his hands and arms on a towel. “I was on my way to your house, and when I was halfway here, I noticed a man standing at the end of his driveway wearing a blue sweatshirt. And guess what?! The poor guy had no arms!! And by the man’s feet there was this dog lying there. Man, you should have seen this poor dog! Half his fur was gone and his skin was covered with wet, runny, green dripping sores. And man, did he smell bad! The armless guy said to me, ‘Hey, kid. Can you help me get my sick dog to the vet?’ I looked at the poor guy with no arms and at his poor sick dog, and I knew what I had to do. I held my breath and picked up the stinky, sick dog. I carried him all the way to the vet with the armless man following me. My hands and arms and shirt were completely covered with all that wet, stinky fluid oozing out of the dog.”
“Well, Gordon,” I said proudly. “I think you really did the right thing. You helped a poor dog and an armless guy. So why are you never going to do another good deed?”
“Because when we arrived at the vet’s office,” said Gordon in disgust, “I sat the poor sick dog on the floor and asked the armless guy what he thought was wrong with his dog. The man looked at me and laughed! He pulled his arms out from underneath his sweatshirt and said, ‘I don’t know, but I’m not going to touch him until I find out!’”
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