Off topic: The Two Brothers and the Carpenter
Thread poster: José Luis Villanueva-Senchuk (X)

José Luis Villanueva-Senchuk (X)  Identity Verified
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Jul 19, 2002

Hello friends,

Have a great weekened!



The Two Brothers

Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labour and goods as needed without a hitch.

Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.

One morning there was a knock on John\'s door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter\'s toolbox. \"I\'m looking for a few days work\" he said.

\"Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there I could help with? Could I help you?\"

\"Yes,\" said the older brother. \"I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That\'s my neighbour, in fact, it\'s my younger brother. Last week there was a meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a

creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I\'ll do him one better. See that pile of lumber by the barn? I want you to build me a fence, an 8-foot fence, so I won\'t need to see his place or his face anymore.\"

The carpenter said, \"I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I\'ll be able to do a job that pleases you.\"

The older brother had to go to town, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing. About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job.

The farmer\'s eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence there at all. It was a bridge, a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work, handrails and all, and the neighbour, his younger brother, was coming

across, his hand outstretched.

\"You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I\'ve said and done.\"

The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in the middle, taking each other\'s hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. \"No, wait! Stay a few days. I\'ve got a lot of other projects for you,\" said the older brother.

\"I\'d love to stay on,\" the carpenter said, \"but, I have many more

bridges to build.\"


Elinor Thomas  Identity Verified
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Hermoso el cuento de los puentes tendidos, JL Jul 19, 2002

Lo conocía en castellano.




Pablo Tarantino  Identity Verified
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Buenísimo Jul 19, 2002

El cuento es fantástico.



MikeGarcia  Identity Verified
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The bridges Jul 19, 2002

Chapeau a usted,Señor.


Aurora Humarán (X)  Identity Verified
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Un lindo recreo Jul 19, 2002

Gracia Jota Ele...

Vino perfecto el recreo en medio de los Caps & Floors y la aprobación o no del S.E.R. (podés creer que todavía no se decide el tema del S.E.R. de los argentinos???? cuasi heideggeriano el tema, isn´t it?)

icon_smile.gif tenkiu p.g.

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-07-19 20:01 ]


Kemal Mustajbegovic  Identity Verified
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?????? Jul 20, 2002

Help!! I\'m lost!! I didn\'t know it was a Spanish Forum. Can anybody speak English in here? ANYBODY? PLEASE?


José Luis Villanueva-Senchuk (X)  Identity Verified
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Relax a little, please :-) Jul 21, 2002


On 2002-07-20 15:24, kemmus wrote:

Help!! I\'m lost!! I didn\'t know it was a Spanish Forum. Can anybody speak English in here? ANYBODY? PLEASE?

Hola icon_smile.gif

It was a \'reflex\' and my colleagues have been asked to try to respond in English in the non-Spanish postings so that all of us can understand.

It was not done with bad intentions, we are passionate and fast responders/writers...c\'est la vie icon_wink.gif

Take good care and cheers from Barcelona, Spain.



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