What is the Catch?

There are actions carried out today, which we pay dearly for, tomorrow.

The story is told about a hustler who knocked on the door of a farmhouse to scrounge some milk and a few eggs. An old lady answered the door and gave him the eggs and milk he had asked for.

He was well known in the district, and he wasn’t particularly surprised when the old lady invited him in for coffee. 

Once inside the farmhouse, the old lady pointed out through the kitchen window to her lovely daughter, who was at the time feeding the chickens.

The girl had an hourglass figure, long blonde hair and pretty face. “If you take my daughter’s hand in marriage,” the old lady told him, “you can have the farm and the money we have in the bank.”
The hustler gulped down his coffee, fled the farmhouse and drove his horse and cart back to his mother’s dilapidated cottage.

When the hustler told his mother of the incident, they were both of the same opinion. There must be a catch; they would be sure to lose something. They spent many hours puzzling over this but came to no conclusion.
Some years later, the hustler was in the same area and again came across the farmhouse where the incident took place, although by that time he had forgotten all about it.

He knocked on the door to ask for some eggs and to his surprise the beautiful daughter opened it. His mind raced back and he remembered her mother asking him to take the daughter’s hand in marriage, the farm and the money.
Curious, the hustler could not help asking, “What was the catch, years ago, when your mother asked me to marry you?”

The girl replied, “No catch at all, I simply fell in love with you, but was too shy to get to know you. So my mother asked for me. Alas, she is dead now and I have married the farmer on yonder farm.”
Beloved, be ready to take your opportunities when they come. According to William Feather, “Opportunities are seldom labeled.”

Culled from Uju Onyechere


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