The farmer’s son was delivering a crate of chickens his father had entrusted to him, when suddenly the box fell and broke open. Chickens scurried off in different directions, but the determined boy walked all over the neighborhood scooping up the wayward birds and returning them to the repaired crate.

Hoping he had found them all, the boy reluctantly returned home, expecting the worst. “Dad, the chickens got loose,” the boy confessed, “but I managed to find all 12 of them.”

“Sounds like you did an excellent job, son,” the farmer replied. “You left with seven.”

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