Smile of the Day

Life is getting much too serious, yes? Who doesn't need a daily smile?

Sunday, June 22

I knew it!

Three turtles, Joe, Steve, and Raymond, decide to have a picnic. They find a nice dry site for their picnic. Of course, since the picnic site is ten miles away, the turtles take ten whole days to get there. By the time they do arrive, everyone is exhausted.

So Joe takes the sandwiches and the soda bottles out of the picnic basket and says, "All right, Steve, gimme the bottle opener."

"I didn't bring the bottle opener. I thought Raymond had it."

"I didn't bring the bottle opener. I thought Joe had it."

So here the turtles are, stuck ten miles away from home without any drink. Joe and Steve beg Raymond to turn back for home and retrieve it, but Raymond flatly refuses, knowing that they will have eaten everything by the time he gets back. It takes nearly two hours, but finally the other turtles manage to convince Raymond to go, swearing on their great-grand turtles' graves that they won't touch the food. With that, Raymond finally sets off down the road.

Twenty days pass. No Raymond. Joe and Steve are hungry and puzzled, but a promise is a promise.

Another day passes. Still no Raymond, but a promise is a promise.

But after three more days pass without Raymond in sight, Steve starts getting restless: "I NEED FOOD!!"

"No," says Joe. "We promised."

Five more days pass, and Joe reluctantly realises that Raymond has probably skipped out to the diner down the road. So at last, the two turtles weakly lift the lid to get a sandwich, and open their mouths to eat.

But right at that instant, Raymond pops out from behind a rock! "Just for that," he says, "I am not going!"


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