upon a time in a quiet little town in Michigan lived an old man, an old lady
and their pet goat Casper.
They were very poor but just about managed to grow enough
food to eat in their tiny garden.
Late one afternoon as the old man was planting tomatoes with
Casper and he heard the faint sound of a bell ringing in the distance.
This was very unusual as visitors hardly ever came to the
village. He rushed inside to tell his wife.
Together they went to the front door to listen. The sound of
the bell was growing louder, and they could now make out the sound of a voice.
"Corn, corn, buy my tasty corn".
After a while they could see a lone figure pushing a barrow
approaching from the distance.
As the figure reached the road running past their house they
could see the barrow was laden with the most delicious looking corn.
didn't have much money but the corn looked so good they simply had to buy some.
The old man and lady stopped the corn seller to inspect his
wares. The corn seller was dressed in ragged clothes. He had long hair and a
But as they looked at his face the old man and lady noticed he
had the kindest looking eyes they'd ever seen.
Before they could ask how much the corn were the corn seller
"I've been pushing my barrow since early morning. Do you
think I could possibly have a glass of water?" he asked.
"Of course," said the old lady, inviting him into
He sat on the sofa and sipped the water.
When it was time to leave he thanked the old man and lady for
their kindness, and instead of selling them an ear of corn he opened a drawer
underneath the barrow and took out the largest, ear of corn they had ever seen.
"Share this corn," he told them, "and whatever
you dream tonight will come true."
The old man and lady thanked the corn seller for the corn and
said farewell as he continued on his way.
They cut the corn in half and ate it. They laughed at the
words of the corn seller, but both agreed it was the best corn they'd ever
The old man saved some kernels to plant the next day. If he
could grow corn that good to sell at market they wouldn't be so poor.
Next morning the old man and lady asked each other what they
had dreamed. They were astonished to find they'd both had the same dream, that
they'd been together on a beautiful tropical island. They remembered the corn
seller's words and smiled again. It was only a dream.
The old man took the corn kernels into the garden to plant.
The only spare space was over in the far corner. That area had never been
planted before because the soil was too rocky. But this time the old man had no
choice but to dig it.
He'd been digging less than a minute when his shovel hit
something. It wasn't a rock but a piece of metal. The old man dug more. It was
a metal box. He dug it out of the ground and took it into the house. Opening it
he discovered it was full of gold coins.
The old man and lady sold
the gold coins for a lot of money and were able to move to Hawaii where they've
lived happily ever after.