A man walks past a beggar every day and gives him $2.00 and that Continues for a year.
Then suddenly the daily donation changes to $1.50
“Well,” the beggar thinks, “it’s still better than nothing.”
A year passes in this way until the man’s daily donation suddenly becomes $1.00
“What’s going on now?” the beggar asks his donor.
“First you give me $2.00 every day, then $1.50 and now only $1.00 What’s the problem?”
“Well,” the man says,
“last year my eldest son went to university. It’s very expensive, so I had to cut the costs.
This year my eldest daughter also went to university, so I had to cut my expenses even further.”
“And how many children do you have?” the beggar asks.
“Four,” the man replies.
“Well,” says the beggar,
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“I hope you don’t plan to educate them all at my expense.”