A Tale Of Two Siblings

Two siblings worked for their father on the family’s farm. The younger sister was steadily given more responsibility over the years, and one day the older brother asked his father to explain why.

The father said, “First, go to Kelly’s farm and see if they have any geese for sale. We need to add to our stock.”

The son soon returned and said, “Yes, they have five geese they can sell us.”

The father said, “Good. What’s the price?”

The son went back to the farm and returned shortly . “The geese are $10 each,” he said.

The father asked, “Can they deliver the geese tomorrow?” Again, the son went back, and then returned with the answer. “They can deliver the geese tomorrow.”

The father told his son to wait and listen, called his daugher in from the fields and said to her, “Go to Davidson’s farm and see if they have any geese for sale. We need to add to our stock.”

The daughter soon returned with the answer. “They have five geese for $10 each, or 10 geese for $8 each and they can deliver them tomorrow. I asked them to deliver the five unless they heard otherwise from us in the next hour. And I agreed that if we want the extra five geese, we could buy them at $6 each.” 

The father turned to the older son, who nodded. He now realized why his sister was given more responsibility and reward.


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