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Green, pink and purple polka-dot ping pong balls

Green, pink and purple polka-dot ping pong balls
Green, pink and purple polka-dot ping pong balls nSo, a few years ago, I met the owner of a multimillion dollar company, and he decided to tell me a very strange story. The man told me that he ha...

Green, pink and purple polka-dot ping pong balls

So, a few years ago, I met the owner of a multimillion dollar company, and he decided to tell me a very strange story.

The man told me that he had a son, for whom he cared about deeply, so much so that for his 15th birthday, he offered him anything he wanted in the world.

In response, the son said “Thank you father, but I believe I already have enough. I don’t require anything else… except maybe one thing…”

The father said “Yes, anything! If you want it, it is yours! You just have to ask.”

The son replied “Alright… I would like…a ping pong ball, please”

“A…ping pong ball?”

“Yes. More specifically, a green, pink and purple polka dot ping pong ball. Just one will do.”

The father was obviously confused, but did what his son asked. The next day, the son unwrapped his only present, and found the green pink and purple polka dot ping pong ball that he had asked for. He was delighted, and he took the ping pong ball up to his room, locking himself inside. After a few hours, the he emerged. The ping pong ball was gone. The boy never mentioned what he did with it, or why he wanted it.

One year later, and it’s the boys 16th birthday. Again, the father tells him that he can have anything he wants, he simply has to ask.

“Well father, you are very kind, but I believe I already have enough. I require nothing else… except maybe one thing.”

“Whatever you want, son”

“Well… I would like… a pack of green, pink and purple polka dot ping pong balls, please.”

The father was again very confused, but again follows his sons wishes. The next morning, the son opened his only present, a pack of green, pink and purple polka dot ping pong balls. Again, the boy was delighted, and again he took the pack of ping pong balls up to his room, locking himself inside. He emerged hours later. The pack of ping pong balls was gone. The boy never mentioned what he did with them, or why he wanted them.

One year later, and it’s the boys 17th birthday. The father offers him anything we wants, again”

“Father, I know I already have a lot, but… could I please have a pallet of green, pink and purple polka dot ping pong balls?”

The father is beginning to see a trend, but nonetheless gets him what he wants. The next day, the boy opens his only present, a pallet of green, pink and purple ping pong balls. The boy was delighted as always, and he took the pallet of ping pong balls up to his room, locking himself inside. Hours later, he emerged. The pallet was gone. The boy never mentioned what he did with it, or why he wanted it.

One year later, and it’s the boys 18th birthday. Before the father can even make the offer, the boy says

“A truck full of green, pink and purple polka dot ping pong balls, please!”

The father is now seriously concerned, but nevertheless follows his sons wishes. The next day, a truck rolls up to the family mansion, filled with hundreds of pallets of green, pink and purple polka dot ping pong balls. The boy is delighted, and as expected, he takes the truckload of ping pong ball up to his room, locking himself inside. Hours later, he emerges. Every last pallet is gone. The boy never mentions what he did with them, or why he wanted them.

One year later, and it’s the boys 19th birthday.

“A warehouse of green, pink and purple polka dot ping pong balls, please!”

At this point, the father is thinking about hiring a doctor, but nevertheless he follows his sons wishes. The next day, he takes his son to a warehouse filled with millions of pallets of green, pink and purple polka dot ping pong balls. The son (as expected) is delighted, and he locks himself inside the warehouse. Hours later, he emerges, Every last pallet is gone. The boy never mentions what he did with them, or why he wanted them.

One year later, and it’s the day before the boys 20th birthday. He’s driving along the road, lost in the thought of the green, pink and purple polka dot ping pong ball factory he is going to ask for. In fact, he is so lost in thought that he misses a red light, and collides straight into another car.

The boy is taken to hospital. His injuries are severe. The nurses say he won’t have much longer to live. As he lies in the hospital bed, his father comes to visit him.

“Oh no, my boy… my dear sweet boy…”

After a few minutes of crying, the father finally decides to ask

“My son… we both know you may not have much time left in this world… so please, answer me honestly… what did you do with those green, pink and purple polka dot ping pong balls?”

The son smiles

“Ah yes…those wonderful green…. purple… and pink polka dot… ping pong balls. Father, I think it’s time. I think that I’m going to tell you now. There’s no use hiding it any longer. You see, the reason I wanted those green, pink and purple polka dot ping balls… what I did with them… the truth is-“

and then the boy dies.

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