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GOOD LUCK CAN LIE IN A PIN

 

NOW I shall tell a story about good luckWe allknow good lucksome see it from year's end to year'sendothers only at certain seasonson a certain daythere are even people who only see it once in their livesbut see it we all do

Now I need not tell youfor every one knows itthat God sends the little child and lays it in a mother'slap,—it may be in the rich castleand in the welltodohousebut it may also be in the open field where the coldwind blowsEvery one does not knowhoweverbut it istrue all the samethat Godwhen He brings the childbrings also a lucky gift for itbut it is not laid openly byits sideit is laid in some place in the world where onewould least expect to find itand yet it always is foundthat is the best of itIt may be laid in an appleit was sofor a learned man who was called Newtonthe apple felland so he found his good luckIf you do not know thestorythen ask someone who knows it to tell it yonIhave another story to telland that is a story about apear

Once upon a time there was a man who was born inpovertyhad grown up in povertyand in poverty he hadmarriedHe was a turner by trade and madeespeciallyumbrella handles and ringsbut he only lived from handto mouth"I never find good luck"he saidThis is astory that really happenedand one could name the country and the place where the man livedbut that doesn'tmatter

The redsour rowanberries grew in richest profusion about his house and gardenIn the garden there wasalso a pear-treebut it did not bear a single pearandyet the good luck was laid in that peartreelaid in theinvisible pears

One night the wind blew a terrible stormThey toldin the newspapers that the big stagecoach was lifted off theroad and thrown aside like a ragIt could very well happenthen that a great branch was broken off the peartree

The branch was put into the workshopand the manas a jokemade a big pear out of itand then another bigonethen a smaller oneand then some very little ones"The tree must some time or other have pears"the mansaidand he gave them to the children to play with

One of the necessities of life in a wet country is an umbrellaThe whole house had only one for common useif the wind blew too stronglythe umbrella turned insideoutit also snapped two or three timesbut the man soonput it right againThe most provoking thinghoweverwasthat the button which held it together when it was downtoo often jumped offor the ring which was round it brokein two

One day the button flew offthe man searched for iton the floorand there got hold of one of the smallest ofthe wooden pears which the children had got to play with"The button is not to be found"said the man"but thislittle thing will serve the same purpose"So he bored ahole in itpulled a string through itand the little pear fitted very well into the broken ringIt was assuredly the verybest fastener the umbrella had ever had

Next year when the man was sending umbrella handlesto the townas he regularly didhe also sent some of thelittle wooden pearsand begged that they might be triedand so they came to AmericaThere they very soon noticedthat the little pears held much better than any other buttonand now they demanded of the merchant that all the umbrellas which were sent after that should be fastened with alittle pear

Nowthere was something to doPears in thousandsWooden pears on all umbrellasThe man must set to workHe turned and turnedThe whole peartree was cut up intolittle pearsIt brought in penniesit brought in shillings

"My good luck was laid in the peartree"said themanHe now got a big workshop with workmen and boysHe was always in a good humourand said"Good luckcan lie in a pin"

I alsowho tell the storysay so

People have a saying"Take a white pin in yourmouth and you will be invisible"but it must be the rightpinthe one which was given us as a lucky gift by ourLord

I got thatand I alsolike the mancan catchchinking goldgleaming goldthe very bestthat kindwhich shines from children's eyesthe kind that soundsfrom children's mouthsand from father and mother tooThey read the storiesand I stand among them in the middle of the roombut invisiblefor I have the whitepin in my mouthIf I see that they are delighted withwhat I tell themthen I also say"Good luck can lie in apin "

 


 

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