Two boy scouts went on a nature hike in the hills picking hickory nuts. Along the way, they filled their small pails and then started to fill their pockets and shirts.
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When they could hold no more nuts, they started down the country road until they came across a cemetery.
The boys decided that would be a good place to stop and rest and divide out the nuts.
The two boys sat in the shade of a large oak tree and unloaded their pockets and buckets by dumping
all of the nuts in a large pile.
In the process, two of them rolled away and rested near the road. The boys then proceeded to divide out the nuts. “One for you. One for me.
One for you. One for me.”
As they were doing this, another boy was passing by and happened to hear them. He looked into the cemetery, but could not see the boys, because they were obscured by the tree. He hesitated a moment and then ran back to town.
“Father! Father!” he yelled as he entered his house.
“The cemetery. Come quick!”
“What’s the matter?” his father asked.
“No time to explain,” the boy frantically panted. “Follow me!”
The boy and his father ran up the country road and stopped when they reached the cemetery.
They stopped at the side of the road and all fell silent for a few moments. Then the father asked
his son what was wrong.
“Do you hear that?” he whispered. Both people listened intently and heard the Scouts. “One for me.
One for you. One for me. One for you…”
The boy then blurted out, “The devil and the Lord are dividing the souls!”
The father was skeptical but silent — until a few moments later as the Scouts completed dividing out
the nuts and one Scout said to the other, “Now, as soon as we get those two nuts down by the road,
we’ll have them all.”
They say the father made it back to town 5 minutes before the boy!
The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has published several books about his adventures.
For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.
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