Stand Fast

A father and son were wandering around a carnival passing through town. The father took his son into a toy stand, wondering what might catch his son’s eye.

Amongst all the tricky items and clever toys, the boy found a roly-poly man with a sign propped up next to him that said, “Try and hit me, but I won’t fall down... guaranteed!”

The boy looked at it for a minute, then bopped the toy as hard as he could. The funny-looking toy leaned over for a moment, then popped back up with a quick wiggle.

The disconcerted boy took a few steps back, looked up at his father in confusion and then bopped the figure again.

Once again, the balloon figure looked like he would fall over, but popped right back up.

Smiling, the boy’s father knew his son would see through tricksters no matter what came his way in life.The boy thought for a moment. “I don’t know. I guess it’s because he’s standing up on the inside.”he boy’s father asked his son, “Why do you think he comes back up when you try to knock him down?”

The moral of the story: strength comes from within.


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