An older couple had a son, who was still living with his
parents. The parents were a little worried, as the son
was still unable to decide about his career path… so
they decided to do a small test.
They took a ten-dollar bill, a Bible, and a bottle of
whiskey, and put them on the front hall table. Then they
hid, hoping he would think they weren’t at home.
The father told the mother, “If he takes the money he will
be a businessman, if he takes the Bible he will be a priest
- but if he takes the bottle of whiskey, I’m afraid our son
will be a drunkard.”
So the parents took their place in the nearby closet and
waited nervously. Peeping through the keyhole they saw their
son arrive home. He saw the note they had left, saying they’d
be home later. Then, he took the 10-dollar bill, looked at
it against the light, and slid it in his pocket.
After that, he took the Bible, flicked through it, and took
Finally, he grabbed the bottle, opened it, and took an
appreciative whiff to be assured of the quality. Then he left
for his room, carrying all the three items.
The father slapped his forehead, and said: “Darn, it’s even worse
than I ever imagined…”
“What do you mean?” his wife inquired.
“Our son is going to be a politician!” replied the concerned father.