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Walking by a pet store to school, a young boy had stopped to stare at four black puppies that were playing together. He pleaded with his mom later that day to let him have one. “I’ll take care of it. I promise. I will even use the money from my allowance that I’ve saved to buy it.”

The mother knew full well what would happen but decided that it was time for her son to learn this lesson in responsibility. “Okay, but I expect you to take care of it.”

After getting the money together and making sure he had enough, the pet store owner took him to the puppies and asked him to choose. After a moments, the boy said, “That one in the corner.”

“Oh no,” said the owner, “ not that one; he’s crippled. Something is wrong with his leg. He can’t run and jump and play like the others. Choose another.”

Without saying a word, the boy reached down and lifted his pant leg to reveal the chrome leg brace to the owner.

“No,” the boy said firmly, “I think I will take the puppy in the corner.”