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A man was asked to paint a boat.
 
He brought with him paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him.
 
While painting, he noticed that there was a small hole in the hull, and quietly repaired it.
 
When finished painting, he received his money and left.
 
The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him with a nice cheque, much higher than the payment for painting.
 
The painter was surprised and said "You've already paid me for painting the boat Sir!"
 
"But this is not for the paint job. It's for having repaired the hole in the boat."
 
"Ah! But it was such a small service... certainly it's not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant."
 
"My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me tell you what happened.
 
When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention about the hole.
 
When the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went on a fishing trip.
 
They did not know that there was a hole. I was not at home at that time.
 
When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole.
 
Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing.
 
Then, I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole! You see, now, what you did? You saved the life of my children! I do not have enough money to pay your 'small' good deed."
 
So, no matter who, when or how. Just continue to help, sustain, wipe tears, listen attentively and carefully repair all the 'leaks' you find, because you never know when one is in need of us or when God holds a pleasant surprise for us to be helpful and important to someone.
 
You may have repaired numerous 'boat holes' along the way... of several people without realizing how many lives you've saved.
 
So Keep up Good
 work... I want to thank Everyone who Repaired my boat in 2017 in every way like Good Wishes, thoughts, love, care & prayers & look forward for the same in Years to Come.


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December 16, 2017
 

Tender Buttons [Apple]

 
Gertrude Stein

About This Poem

 

"Tender Buttons [Apple]" was published in Tender Buttons (Claire Marie, 1914).

 

Click below to listen to an audio recording of Ann Lauterbach reading the poem on May 30, 2009, at The Strand Bookstore in New York City. From the Academy Audio Archive.

 

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Gertrude Stein was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, in 1874. She is the author of numerous books, including The Making of Americans (Albert & Charles Boni, 1926) and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1933). Stein died in 1946.

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"Tender Buttons [Apple]" by Gertrude Stein