Little Jimmy was a naughty little boy who, as it happened, wanted a bicycle more than anything else in the world. When he asked his mother for one, she told him that he could only have a bike if he learned to behave himself, which he promptly promised to do.
Alas, after a week of trying to behave, the boy found it next to impossible. Trying to be helpful, his mother suggested, "Maybe if you write a little note to Jesus, you'll find it easier to be good."
Jimmy agreed to try and, rushing upstairs, flopped down on his bed, pencil in hand.
"Dear Jesus," he wrote, "if you let me have a bike, I promise to be good for the rest of my life."
Realizing he could never do that, Jimmy crumpled the paper and started anew.
"Dear Jesus, if you let me have a bike, I promise to be good for a month."
Realizing that even that was beyond him, Jimmy decided not to start again. Instead he ranj into his mother's room, went to her dresser, removed her statue of the Holy Mother, close&i it in a shoebox, and hid the shoebox under his; bed. Hopping onto the bed, he returned to hisg pad and pencil.
"Dear Jesus," he wrote, "if you ever want to see your mother again. ..."
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