A couple of years ago my nephew, then aged 10, proclaimed he was running away. He stated that he was very unhappy with things and that it was a grand injustice to not be able to have more Yu-Gi-O cards or some such. My nephew said he was leaving to find some place where he would be happy.
I don’t recall the exact quote but he said something like “I’d rather live under a bridge”…
My brother took him aside and said he was very sad to hear that. He said,“We are so sorry you are unhappy here and we will do our best to make you happy”.
He then told my nephew to get into the car. He drove to the absolute worst neighborhood, while pointing out over passes.
“Hey, that’s a nice one. It has a light!”
“OOOOOOO! Looky that one, there’s a man already there! He can be your buddy!”
“Hmmm. You might not like that one. It looks damp”.
He then asked my nephew how he was going to afford day-to-day living expenses such as food. My nephew said he would get a job…That Burger King would hire him and pay him in food.
So, my brother, being oh-so-helpful, drives to a Burger King and helps my nephew fill out an application (while the manager did his best to not crack up).
The manager said that he would think about it, but that burger flipping is skilled labor - a skill that my nephew sadly did not have.
They drove home and my brother said," Go on, take your time packing. I’ll get you the nice suitcase. It’s the least I can do for you. I just want you to be happy".
Later that night there was a note for my brother:
Is it ok if I stay?
circle yes or no.