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A Texas rancher got in his pickup and drove to a neighboring ranch
and knocked at the door. A young boy, about 9, opened the door.

"Is yer Pa home?" the rancher asked.

"No sir, he ain't," the boy replied. "He went into town."

"Well" said the rancher, "is yer Maw here?"

"No, sir, she ain't here neither. She went into town with Pa."

"How about your brother, Howard? Is he here?"

"He went with Pa and Maw."

The rancher stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot
to the other and mumbling to himself.

"Is there anything I can do fer ya?" the boy asked politely. "I knows
where all the tools are, if you want to borry one. Or maybe I could take
a message fer Pa."

"Well," said the rancher uncomfortably, "I really wanted to talk to yer Pa.
It's about your brother Howard getting my daughter, Pearly Mae, pregnant."

The boy considered for a moment. "Well, I recon you would have to talk
to Pa about that." he finally conceded.

"If it helps you any, I know that Pa charges $50 for the bull and $25 for
the hog, but I really don't know how much he gets fer Howard."