Dividing Nuts
Posted by B. Vallah on April 17, 1999 at 03:14:35:

Two boy scouts went on a nature hike in the hills picking hickory
nuts. Along the way, they filled their small pails and then
started to fill their pockets and shirts.

When they could hold no more nuts, they started down the country
road until they came across a cemetery. The boys decided that
would be a good place to stop and rest and divide out the nuts.

The two boys sat in the shade of a large oak tree and unloaded
their pockets and buckets by dumping all of the nuts in a large

In the process, two of them rolled away and rested near the road.
The boys then proceeded to divide out the nuts. "One for you. One
for me. One for you. One for me..."

As they were doing this, another boy was passing by and happened
to hear them. He looked into the cemetery, but could not see the
boys, because they were obscured by the tree. He hesitated a
moment and then ran back to town.

"Father! Father!" he yelled as he entered his house. "The
cemetery. Come quick!"

"What's the matter?" his father asked.

"No time to explain," the boy frantically panted. "Follow me!"

The boy and his father ran up the country road and stopped when
they reached the cemetery. They stopped at the side of the road
and all fell silent for a few moments. Then the father asked his
son what was wrong.

"Do you hear that?" he whispered. Both people listened intently
and heard the Scouts. "One for me. One for you. One for me. One
for you..."

The boy then blurted out, "The devil and the Lord are dividing
the souls!"

The father was skeptical but silent. Until a few moments later as
the Scouts completed dividing out the nuts and one Scout said to
the other, "Now, as soon as we get those two nuts down by the
road, we'll have them all."

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