One evening when I was having dinner with friends, the father in the family suggested to his ten-year-old son that he ought to give up something for Lent — something that would really hurt, such as candy.
The boy hesitated, and finally asked what his father was giving up. “Both your mother and I are giving up liquor,” the father replied.
“But before dinner you were drinking something.” “Yes,” acknowledged the father. “That was sherry. We gave up hard liquor.”
The boy thought a minute, then said, “Well, I think I’ll give up hard candy.”
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