There are many expressions that remind us that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we understand the reality of a matter. These expressions include such as ‘never judge a book by its cover’, or ‘look before you leap.’ These are more than just simple expressions, they are words to live your life by. After all, if we don’t know everything about a matter, we are likely to put our foot in our mouths and say the wrong thing. That almost happened with a parent who had the most unusual thing happen to their teenage son.
A fifteen-year-old came home with a Porsche and his parents began to yell and scream, “Where did you get that car?” He calmly told them, “I bought it today.”
“With what money!?” demanded his parents. “We know what a Porsche costs.”
“Well,” said the boy, “this one cost me fifteen dollars.”
The parents began to yell even louder. “Who would sell a car like that for fifteen dollars!?” they asked.
“It was the lady up the street,” said the boy. “Don’t know her name — they just moved in. She saw me ride past on my bike and asked me if I wanted to buy a Porsche for fifteen dollars.”
“Oh my goodness!” moaned the mother, “she must be a child abuser. Who knows what she will do next? John, you go right up there and see what’s going on.”
So the boy’s father walked up the street to the house where the lady lived and found her out in the yard calmly planting flowers. He introduced himself as the father of the boy to whom she has sold a Porsche for fifteen dollars and demanded to know why she did it.
“Well,” she said, “this morning I got a phone call from my husband. I thought he was on a business trip, but I learned from a friend he has run off to Hawaii with his secretary and really doesn’t intend to come back. He claimed he was stranded and asked me to sell his new Porsche and send him the money. So I did.”