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AN INTERESTING HOBBY

A LITTLE BOY KEPT ASKING HIS MOTHER WHAT HE COULD (DO)
FOR A HOBBY. WELL, HIS MOTHER THOUGHT HE MIGHT FIND
BUTTERFLY COLLECTING INTERESTING. SHE SENT HIM TO
THE LIBRARY TO READ UP ON THE HOBBY, AND TOLD HIM TO
BRING HOME A BOOK THAT HE THOUGHT WOULD HELP HIM.
THE LITTLE BOY THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA AND
HE WENT OFF TO THE LIBRARY.
A COUPLE OF HOURS LATER, HE CAME HOME CRYING FOR ALL
HE WAS WORTH. HIS MOTHER ASKED HIM WHAT THE MATTER
WAS AND HE SAID THAT THE LADY AT THE DESK AT THE
LIBRARY TOLD HIM HE WAS TOO YOUNG TO TAKE OUT THE
BOOK HE WANTED. "WELL, WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE
BOOK?" HIS MOTHER ASKED. "ADVICE TO AN EXPECTANT
MOTH-ER," SAID THE LITTLE BOY.

Submitter comment: I HEARD THIS STORY FROM MAC MCLAIN WITH WHOM I WORKED
FOR 2-1/2 YEARS AT FORD MOTOR. MAC WAS THE CLEVER,
QUICK-WITTED TALKER IN THE OFFICE. I ONLY WISH I
REMEMBERED MORE OF HIS ANECDOTES AND STORIES.

Where learned: FORD MOTOR CO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

Date learned: 05-17-1965

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