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Rumbitty, rumbitty, rumbitty, rum, rum!

Rumbitty, rumbitty,  rumbitty, rum, rum!

In times of old there were two Irish brothers. Brothers they were because they had the same father and mother! And they used to tread to work in the fields each day along a country path. 

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One day they met a leprechaun and, thinking quickly, they seized him so he would give them a wish!

“Okay i’ll grant you a wish each, but it must be moderate wish, seeing as to how it’s lent!” he said to them,

“A pound a day and no more!”

“That seems fair enough to me” said the older brother, and the other agreed!

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“Come each day this way to that oak tree and you’ll find your pounds underneath it” said the leprechaun, “But beware, if you don’t pick them both up for more than 4 days you’ll it’ll be the end of it!”

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So the brothers looked forward to the next day and sure enough under the oak tree was two pounds! “What are you going to do with yours?” asked the older brother! “I’m going to the pub to have a booze up and see if i can’t get that snobby Mary with my money!(a pound was a lot of money in those days!)

“What are you going to do with yours?” Asked the younger brother.”I’m going to save 15 shillings and spend 5 shilling on myself and mammy!” He replied. “ah, that’s big hearted of you!” said the younger brother.

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And so the brothers went there separate ways, one spending his pound everyday the other savings most of his and building up the house for him and his widowed mammy. One day he would buy sheets, the next day he would buy a table, the next a bed! And so the house became full of good furnishings and clothes. Plus he fixed the house up and added on an extention. Plus they bought an acre of land next door and they started a garden and orchard! 

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But the younger brother was selfish and never contributed to his mammy and spent all the money each day on wastrel living – drinking, smoking, womanising, gambling and so forth. At first he was happy and then, imperceptibly, his life became worse and worse. He was always broke and couldn’t wait to get to the tree each day! He started borrowing money and not paying it back, so his debts mounted. The drinking and other excesses took a toll on his health and life because a constant struggle – even though, by the standards of the day, he was rich!

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And after a couple of years his drinking led to him having “blackouts” and he started missing trips to the oak tree! Another couple of downward years and he was missing up to three days! And each day the money was there and gone the next morning because it hadn’t been picked up! Eventually he missed the fourth day, even though his brother tried his hardest to get him to come and fetch his pound! And so the spell was broken and the daily pounds stopped!

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What a tragedy for the younger brother – he was in deep debt, was wasted and had no income and no savings! The bailiffs came and took him to jail and threw him in! 

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But the older brother had known this day was coming from the day they were granted the wish, because he knew what his brother was like! That is why he saved three quarters of his money to build capital. He had a freehold home and an acre of land in vegetables an orchard plus a milking cow and everything they needed in ways of household goods. So the loss of the pound was not a tragedy and they were able to retire on the capital he had accumulated in the bank for the rest of their lives, his mammy and him!

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I have but one question to ask, which brother are you?

kindest regards,

May Love, Detachment, Health, Happiness, Peace, Success and Prosperity BE yours,

reverend master j’iam


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