Ivar had just recently celebrated his birthday. The celebration had been a pleasant occasion. His three grown children had visited. They all gave little gifts, for example Ross, the youngest, had given him a card with four raffle tickets for a brand new car. The tickets didn’t win anything but it was the thought that counts!
Then several days later Ross tuned up – just passing – in a brand new expensive car.
“Where did you get that from?” asked Ivar.
“You know that raffle I gave you the tickets for?” said Ross. “I took a couple for myself and won! Isn’t it a beauty?”
It was indeed! Ross took his father for a quick spin around the block. Amazing!
When Ross had gone Ivar rummaged through the waste bin and found his four raffle tickets. The numbers were 43941, 43942, 43944, and 43945. The missing number, 43943, had been the winning number.
Ivar never said beep to anyone. Sometimes it’s better not to know.