The class at school were being taught the
parables and, as a novelty, were allowed to act them in a series of
short sketches. When the minister paid one of his periodical visits he
asked Wattie - who happened to be in the front row - which of the
parables he liked the best.
"The Prodigal Son" was the prompt reply.
"Well" said the minister " in that case
we'll just have that acted today."
"No, sir" continued Wattie firmly "we
canna dae it the day."
"And why not, my boy?" enquired the
"Weill" answered Wattie with a glance at
the vacant seat beside him, usually occupied by the fatted calf, " ye
see, sir, the cou's at the doctors!"