MALCOLM

MALCOLM
THE STORY OF AN INGRATE
© 2006
MONTANALI

Malcolm was a very husky and physically powerful young fellow. He and his partner Harry along with a number of others, all worked for a Farmer named Zack. Malcolm was bigger than his partner Harry and also a lot stronger. Everybody on the farm put in long hours and worked very hard. That is, everybody except Malcolm. In spite of his size and strength, Malcolm was a slacker. Everybody wondered why Zack tolerated Malcolm’s laziness. They all knew Zack was very easy going but why should Malcolm reap the same rewards as everyone else. They did all the work around the farm and all Malcolm did was sit around all day. Further more when anyone asked for his help, he would ignore them. It was a great puzzlement to everyone on the farm that Zack didn’t fire Malcolm. Some of them began to wonder if they could get away with the same nonsense but so far none of them tried.One day the worker called Billy got fed up with Malcolm’s nonsense and confronted him. A serious argument ensued and quickly turned into a physical encounter. Due to his size and strength, Malcolm dispatched Billy with swiftness. From that time on Billy and the others avoided any contact with Malcolm. Hearing about what happened, Zack took Malcolm aside and had a very serious discussion with him. No one could hear what was being said but it was obvious Zack had become very irritated and was letting Malcolm know about it. Thereafter Zack had at least one serious conversation a week with Malcolm regarding his laziness and nasty attitude but it was all to no avail. Malcolm continued his slothful and obnoxious behavior. Zack realized that winter would soon be gone and all hands were needed to attend to the spring planting. He was at his wits end. He decided to have one last conversation with Malcolm. That conversation lasted most of the day and when it came to an end Zack was heard to say, “ Malcolm, please let this be the last time we have this talk. I don’t have any more time to waste on this subject. ”It was about a week before the fields had to be plowed. That was the job Malcolm and his teammate Harry were supposed to do but of course, as usual Harry was going to have to do that job all by himself. Zack announced to everyone that before they started the new season he was going to have a barbeque in honor of Malcolm. Everyone, including friends and neighbors were invited. This announcement upset everybody on the farm! Why in the name of common sense was Malcolm going to be honored? In spite of that they all pitched in to dig a big pit and fill it with wood and charcoal. As usual, Malcolm just sat around and watched every one else work. The next morning Zack lit the fire. He phoned all his friends and neighbors and told them the feast would be ready about eight o’clock. Everyone arrived on time and began enjoying a scrumptious repast. There was corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw and the most delicious barbequed beef anyone had ever tasted. All those who worked on the farm were walking around with big grins on their faces. Could it be because Malcolm was nowhere to be found? No – that wasn’t it! You see, Malcolm and Harry were a team of oxen and Malcolm was the barbeque. I guess you could call Malcolm an oxy-moron! I’m sure by now you realize that Billy was a goat!

The sorry tail of an ingrate.

MALCOLM

Paul Ali

Joined October 2008

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