How to get what you want
A wise old gentleman retired
and purchased a modest home near a
junior high school. He spent the
first few weeks of his retirement in peace and contentment.
new school year began. The very next afternoon three
young boys full of
youthful after-school enthusiasm came down his street beating merrily on
every trash can they encountered. The crashing percussion（打击乐） continued day after
day, until finally the wise old man decided it was time to take some
The next afternoon, he walked out to meet the young
percussionists as they banged their way down the street. Stopping them, he
said, "You kids are a lot of fun. I like to see you express your exuberance（健康活力） like that. I used to do the same thing when I
was your age. Will you do me a favor? I'll give you each a dollar if
you'll promise to come around every day and do your thing."
kids were elated （兴高采烈的）and continued to do a
bang-up job on the trash cans. A few days later, the wily （老谋深算的）retiree approached them again as they drummed
their way down the street. "Look" he said. "I haven't received my Social
Security (Pension) check yet,
so I'm not going to be able to give you
more than 25 cents.
Will that be okay?"
"A lousy quarter?" the
drum leader exclaimed. "If you think
we're going to waste our time
beating these cans around for a quarter, you're nuts! No way, mister. We
And the old man enjoyed peace and serenity （宁静）for the rest of his days.