It makes you think…

The Church of England - - ENGLAND -

A young Amer­i­can en­gi­neer was sent to Ire­land by his com­pany to work in a new elec­tron­ics plant. It was a two-year as­sign­ment that he had ac­cepted be­cause it would en­able him to earn enough to marr y his long-time girl­friend.

She had a job near her home in Ten­nessee, and their plan was to pool their re­sources and put a down pay­ment on a house when he re­turned.

They cor­re­sponded of­ten, but as the lonely weeks went by, she be­gan ex­press­ing doubts that he was be­ing true to her, ex­posed as he was to comely Ir­ish lasses.

The young en­gi­neer wrote back, declar­ing with some pas­sion that he was paying ab­so­lutely no at­ten­tion to the lo­cal girls. “I ad­mit,” he wrote, “that some­times I’m tempted. But I fight it. I’m keep­ing my­self for you.”

In the next mail, the en­gi­neer re­ceived a package. It con­tained a note from his girl and a har­mon­ica.

“I’m send­ing this to you,” she wrote, “so you can learn to play it and have some­thing to take your mind off those girls.”

The en­gi­neer replied, “Thanks for the har­mon­ica. I’m prac­tic­ing on it ev­ery night and think­ing of you.”

At the end of his two-year stint, the en­gi­neer was trans­ferred back to com­pany head­quar­ters. He took the first plane to Ten­nessee to be re­united with his girl. Her whole fam­ily was with her, but as he rushed for­ward to em­brace her, she held up a re­strain­ing hand and said sternly, “Just hold on there a minute, Billy Bob. Be­fore any se­ri­ous kissin’ and hug­gin’ gets started here, let me hear you play that har­mon­ica!“

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