It's Not Nice To Fool With Mother Nature...
One Beautiful Morning...
It was a beautiful spring morning by all standards as two old friends set out to play a round of golf at the local golf course... This had become somewhat of a rivalry over the years, because without fail, every-other Saturday was the day they always played golf together just to see who was actually the better golfer... Not that either were really any good in the first place, but at least they were in the same league with each other and had grown to look forward to the competition.
They had also grown accustomed to "Warming Up" on the first few holes and expected to make a few lousy shots until all the kinks were worked out, so it was really no surprise that on the third hole, the first to tee off shanked the ball trying to avoid the water hazard, and his ball went sailing of to the left of the green, landing near some wildflowers that were growing just off the tree line. The second to tee off was a little closer to being on target, but his ball rolled down next to the water's edge just out of sight. Both laughed a little because this seemed to happen on this hole very often when they played, so each golfer went in search of his ball to make their second attempt of landing on the green.
The first golfer found his ball had actually landed in the wildflowers instead of just close to them as he had first thought and he scratched his head as he pondered what to do... " I hate to mess up these pretty flowers, but I'm supposed to play it where it lies... If I take a drop it will cost me a shot... Oh, what the heck... I'll just play it where it lies." As he made his swing, a huge grin came across his face as he watched the ball flying out of the flowers to land on the green just a few feet from the hole, but there was also a large swath of yellow flowers strewn on the fairway in the direction his ball had traveled. Before he could take even one step toward the green for his next shot, there was a loud clap of thunder that just about gave him a heart attack !!! He jumped and turned around to see Mother Nature had appeared and was looking very angry at the sight of the flowers being strewn across the fairway.
"Why did you destroy my most beautiful creation !?!" She asked... "These beautiful Buttercups were put here for everyone to enjoy, and now you have destroyed them... All for the pleasure of playing a game !!! As your punishment, you shall never have butter again for as long as you live !!! No Butter for your bread... No Butter for your potatoes... No Butter for you ever again !!!" After speaking so harshly to the golfer, she vanished as quickly as she appeared.
The golfer was actually in shock as he made his way toward his long time friend to tell him what had just happened... As he walked toward his friend, he was looking down at the ground and shaking his head, " I knew I shouldn't have taken that shot !!! Why didn't I just take the drop !?!", he kept saying to himself as he was remembering what Mother Nature had told him.
By the time he had drawn near to his friend, he could see his friend was choosing a club and getting ready to make his next shot... After what had just happened to him, he sarcastically asked, "Did you find YOUR ball !?!"...
"Yeah... It landed over here in these pussy willows..."
A look of horror came across the first golfer's face as he started running toward his friend at a break-neck pace yelling, "DON'T HIT IT !!! DON'T HIT IT !!!"