The Famous "Paul Harvey" Riddle
A Paul Harvey Riddle--In an Emai?
Have you received and email recently with this statement? "Here is a pretty neat little thing from a great reporter, Paul Harvey."
(NOTE: This email essay is attributed to Paul Harvey, as it has circled the Internet for some time now. But, Paul Harvey did not write it. The true author, Lee Pitts, published the essay in 2000 in the book "; Paul Harvey did use material written by Lee Pitts from time to time, and he did read this particular essay (crediting Pitts, of course) during his September 6, 1997 broadcast.) Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul (Chicken Soup for the Soul)
Like you in my email I was asked to send this to 11 people. This really ticked me off.
After all, I mean really, does the sender think that I have nothing better to do with my time?
Cogitate on it.
Mr. Harvey passed away in early 2009. He will be missed.
The "Paul Harvey Riddle" came from this book: - And that is a fact.
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Paul Harvey 1918-2009 - Paul Harvey was a great radio journalist!
You might remember listening to Paul Harvey on the radio. He came on at noon. Listeners loved the drama in his voice. One might not always agree with Mr. Harvey's slant on the stories, but one know that he would allow us our own opinions. Listeners would hope that he was that kind of man.
Introduction to the Paul Harvey Riddle
Paul Harvey reads:
We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse.
For my grandchildren, I'd like better.
I'd really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches.
I really would.
Mr. Harvey continues reading:
(remember, the writer is addressing grandchildren)
I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.
I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.
And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.
It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.
I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.
The Basset Hound Image used with permission of Mickie_G
I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him.
Image of the little boy courtesy of Mickie_G
If your sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him.
I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.
On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.
If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.
I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.
When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.
I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy\girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.
May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.
I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it..
And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.
I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go
fishing with your Uncle.
Image of Grandpa and Bubbie courtesy Mickie_G
May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.
I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Hannukah/Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.
Image courtesy Mickie_G
These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.
Written with a pen. Sealed with a kiss. I'm here for you. And if I die before you do, I'll go to heaven and wait for you.
Send this to all of your friends. We secure our friends, not by accepting favors, but by doing them.
Here Is A Hint To The Answer To The Riddle!
The email ends this way:
P.S. You won't believe this, but forwarding this might give you the answer to the riddle. Send this to others and then press shift, after you send.
Once you press your shift key, you will understand the riddle.
Hint: what happens on your computer screen when you hit the shift key?
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If you need more inspiration from Paul Harvey---
HERE IS THE RIDDLE--FINALLY!
The Riddle: What is greater than God, More evil than the devil, The poor have it, The rich need it, And if you eat it, you'll die?
I didn't guess the answer, but I did an internet search and found it.
So, this email did make me use my brain. I guess it was worth the time?
What do you think?
© 2008 Mickie Goad