Wild Horses

Suzie sat under the oak tree in her backyard when her neighbour came outside.

“Hi Suzie!” exclaimed Phil happily. “It sure is a nice day today, isn’t it?”

“Absolutely,” said Suzie. “But Phil, you seem to be in an awfully chipper mood today.”

“Yes,” said Phil. “I am in a good mood today, and with a very good reason, too!”

“Oh,” said Suzie. “Well, come on now Phil. You’ve got to tell me what is going on.”

“Well,” said Phil. “Okay, I’ll tell you, but you must swear that you will not tell anyone else about this.”

“Okay,” said Suzie, anxiously. “I swear I will not tell a single soul.”

“I’m leaving Oak Grove,” said Phil.

“Phil,” said Suzie. “What happened to make you change your mind? Why just yesterday, you said that wild horses would never take you away and now today, you say you are leaving!”

“You got it all mixed up,” said Phil. “You misunderstood what I said.”

“I don’t think so,” said Suzie, angrily. “I understood totally what you said.

“What I said,” said Phil. “Was that wild horses would never take me away!”

“Precisely,” screamed Suzie. “And now you are leaving Oak Grove!”

“But,” said Phil. “I meant that wild horses would never take me away from you, not Oak Grove.”

“Oh!” cried Suzie and then after thinking what Phil had just said, added, “But wait a minute. If you leave Oak Grove, then you are going to leave me.”

“No,” said Phil. “I won’t have to leave you if you come with me.”

“Me,” said Suzie. “You want me to come with you?”

“Yes,” said Phil. “I do. I have been offered a wonderful job in the city and I want you to be there with me.”

“You want me to leave Oak Grove?” asked Suzie. “You know I can’t leave Oak Grove.”

Phil pulled a small velvet box out of his pocket and gave it to Suzie.

“Suzie,” said Phil, bending down on one knee. “Will you marry me?”

“Oh Phil!” cried Suzie. “Yes, I will marry you and no, I’m not leaving Oak Grove.”

“Well,” said Phil. “We have a problem then. I have to leave Oak Grove to work. I can’t give this wonderful opportunity up.”

“Well,” said Suzie. “I can’t leave Oak Grove.”

Suzie left Phil where he was and walked home. She was very upset. She could never leave Oak Grove, ever.

However, a few weeks went by before Suzie saw Phil again and during those weeks she really missed him terribly.

“Hello Suzie,” said Phil, on his first return to Oak Grove.

Suzie clutched Phil tightly.

“Oh Phil,” cried Suzie. “I have missed you so much! Does your offer for me to move to the city with you still stand?”

“But what about Oak Grove?” asked Phil.

“I am ready to leave Oak Grove now,” said Suzie.

“Oh Suzie!” exclaimed Phil. “That is the happiest news I have heard!”


Moral of this Story:

  • Sometimes words can get mixed up.
  • Example: Phil told Suzie he was leaving Oak Grove. She thought he meant he was leaving her but he wanted her to go with him.

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