Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Parable in the Key of "F"

Do you recognize this parable?

Feeling footloose and frisky, a featherbrained fellow forced his fond father to fork over the farthings.

Featherbrained fathead flew far to foreign fields and frittered his farthings, feasting fabulously with faithless friends.

Fleeced by his fellows in folly, and facing famine, he found himself in a filthy farmyard. Fairly famishing, he fain would have filled his frame with foraged food from fodder fragments.

"Phooey, my father's flunkies fare far finer." The fragile fugitive frankly faced facts. Frustrated by failure, and filled with foreboding, foolish fellow fled forthwith to his family.

Falling at his father's feet, he forlornly fumbled, "Father, I've flunked. I've fruitlessly forfeited family favour."

The farsighted father, forestalling further flinching, frantically flagged the flunkies to fetch a fatling from the flock and forthwith fix a feast.

The fugitive's faultfinding brother frowned on fickle forgiveness of former folderol, but the faithful father figured: " Filial fidelity is fine but the fugitive is found. What forbids fervent festivity? Let the flags be unfurled, let fanfares flare forth."

So, the father's forgiveness formed the foundation for the former fugitive's future fortunes.

- Phil Kerr

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