”Father,” said Bad Teeth Bradley, seeing his father sitting at the kitchen table with bills spread out. “What are you doing?”
“I am sorting through the bills for this month,” said Father, not sounding very happy. “It appears most of them are your dentist bills.”
“Oh dear,” said Bad Teeth Bradley, realizing that he had caught his father at a bad time.
“Was there something you wanted?” asked Father.
‘I wanted to wish you a Happy Father’s Day,” said Bad Teeth Bradley.
“Thank you,” said Father.
“Is there anything you would like for Father’s Day?” asked Bad Teeth Bradley, reaching for a candy from the candy dish that was on the counter.
“There is one thing I would like more than anything,” said Father.
“What would that be?” asked Bad Teeth Bradley.
“I would love to see a reduction in the dental bills,” said Father. “How about no more candy?”
“I can do that,” said Bad Teeth Bradley, putting the candy he just took back into the candy bowl.
“That was a good start,” said Father. “I am very proud of you for putting that candy back.”
“Thank you,” said Bad Teeth Bradley.
Bad Teeth Bradley was pleased that his father had said he was proud of him. Bad Teeth Bradley felt bad that he had cost his father so much money in dental bills.
“I will stop eating candy,” said Bad Teeth Bradley.
“That would be wonderful,” said Father. “That really would be the best Fathers Day gift.”
Bad Teeth Bradley did not eat any candy on Father’s Day and after Father’s Day, he cut himself down to one small piece of candy every second day.
“What is this?” asked Bad Teeth Bradley, a month later, when Father handed him an envelope.
“You have saved me so much money in dental bills this month that I thought we could go see that concert you wanted to see,” said Father.
“0h Father!” exclaimed Bad Teeth Bradley. “Thank you so much.”
“No,” said Father. “Thank you very much. I am so proud of you.”
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