Three ladies passed away and found themselves standing before Saint Peter and the Pearly Gates of Heaven. Saint Peter went through the ‘Account of Lives’ book with the three ladies and explained the rules of Heaven. They listened patiently but were perplexed at the last rule, ‘The Rule of the Duck”.
Saint Peter explained, “The Rule of the Duck” is this: Do not step on any ducks while in Heaven or there will be severe consequences!” and added, “I will be watching all of you for nothing gets pass me.”
The three ladies agreed to the rules, especially to ‘The Rule of the Duck’, and the Pearly Gates were opened.
As they were entering Heaven they were shocked to see nothing but white ducks all over the ground and not one square inch of space to spare. The three ladies realized they had to be very careful where they stepped.
The first lady wasn’t careful enough and right away stepped on a duck. As Saint Peter said “nothing would get pass him“, they saw him coming towards the first lady with the ’Chains of Eternity’ in one hand and the ugliest man they had ever seen in the other. Without saying a word Saint Peter chained the first lady and the ugly man together for eternity and went away. This was her punishment for stepping on a duck.
Seeing what could happen the other two ladies didn’t move a muscle, but a week later, if you counted time in Heaven, the second lady accidentally stepped on a duck. Again, they saw Saint Peter coming towards the second lady with the “Chains of Eternity’ in one hand and the ugliest man they had ever seen in the other. Without saying a word Saint Peter chained the second lady and ugly man together for eternity and went away. This was her punishment for stepping on a duck.
The third lady faired much better than the other two. Weeks, months and a year went by, if you count time in Heaven, without her stepping on a duck. One day she saw Saint Peter coming towards her with the ‘Chains of Eternity’ in one hand and most beautiful man she’d ever seen in the other. Without saying a word Saint Peter chained the third lady and the handsome young man together for eternity and went away.
The third lady could not believe her good fortune as she gazed upon the Adonis looking man. “What in Heavens name did I do to deserve you?’ she finally asked the young man. The young man looked up with a tear in his eye and said, “Lady, I don’t know what you did, but I just stepped on a duck!”
THE MORAL TO THE STORY (the MOTS)
You must protect your financial and personal assets from ‘fowl’ mismanagement or you could be shackled with unwanted struggles and undesirable consequences.