A farmer’s dilemma

By Kirstin Buick
23 January 2014

An old man wants to plant his annual tomato garden, but it is very difficult work, as the ground is hard.  His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, is in prison.  The old man writes a letter to his son and describes his predicament:

Dear Vincent,

I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like the old days.

Love Dad

A few days later he receives a letter from his son.

Dear Dad, 

Don't dig up that garden. That's where the bodies are buried. 

Love Vinnie

At 4 a.m. the next morning, the local police arrive and dig up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologise to the old man and leave. That same day the old man receives another letter from his son.

Dear Papa, 

Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now.  That's the best I could do under the circumstances. 

Love you, Vinnie


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