The Old Lady’s Shoe


“So you’ve been reading Mother Goose, huh?” Grandpa asked.

“Yup,” answered his eight-year-old grandson, “Though I don’t understand the one about the old lady living in a shoe with all those kids.”

“What don’t you get?”

“How she fit everybody in a shoe.”

“Would it help if I told you the old lady was actually a prison warden and the kids were really inmates?”

“No. I still don’t get it.”

“Well, what if I told you the shoe they lived in was a Secure Housing Unit or S-H-U, for short?”

“Oh, now I get it!”

The retired corrections officer smiled.

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