Having raised two children and now having two grandchildren, I continue to enjoy fairy tales. They tend to have happy endings and often include a moral that teaches a lesson that applies to everyday life. So here is a modern fairy tale appropriate today for the homebuilding industry.
A little old lady sold pretzels on a street corner for 25 cents each. Every day a young man would leave his office building at lunch time and as he passed the pretzel stand he would leave her a quarter, never taking a pretzel.
This went on for more than 3 years, day after day, week after week. The two of them never spoke.
One day the young man was laid off from his job and although he was angry and depressed, as the young man passed the old woman’s stand he again left his quarter as he had done every day for the past three years.
And today, for the first time in three years, the pretzel lady spoke to him.
Now if this was a classic fairy tale, similar to the ones that you have read to your children, the old woman would have turned into a beautiful young princess and, to reward the young man’s charity, she would have married him and they would have lived in her castle happily ever after.
But this is a modern fairy tale.
So, the old woman, without blinking an eye, turned to the young man and said:
“They’re 35 cents now!”