Thursday, August 16, 2012

IRISH TALES

Jack Gordon loved Irish folklore and tales. Here is one that he would have liked- paraphrased from "Tales of the Wicklow Hills" by Richard Marsh:

A Jew, a Hindu and an Irishman were hiking somewhere in Europe. Night fell and they were at risk of being without shelter. They knocked at the door of a nearby farmhouse and asked the farmer for shelter for the night.
"Sure, you're welcome to spend the night, but we only have two spare beds in the house, one of you will have to sleep in the barn."
   The Jew said, "No problem, I'll sleep in the barn." and off he went. A short time later there was a knock on the farmhouse door. It was the Jew, who said, "I'm sorry to bother you, but there's a pig in the barn and being Jewish, pig meat is forbidden..."
   The Hindu said, "No problem, I'll sleep in the barn."  The household settled down to sleep again, but there came another knock on the door. It was the Hindu, saying, "I'm sorry to bother everybody, but there is a cow in the barn, and as cows are sacred in our culture..."
   The Irishman said, "No problem, I'll go sleep in the barn."  Shortly after everybody had settled down again there came yet another knock on the door.
   It was the pig and the cow.

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