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The Woodcutter’s Wishes is an ancient legend that has several variations and reveals something about the three wishes of Jude. The basic story involves a woodcutter and his wife who felled trees in a forest. As they come to a particular tree they hear the barely audible whisper of a fairy begging them not to cut down her home.
They decide to leave the tree alone and the grateful fairy grants the couple three wishes. The couple returns home somewhat bewildered, but very excited about this amazing windfall. They sit down at their kitchen table to discuss how to spend their wishes. They have so many wants and needs that they can’t decide what their three most pressing needs are.
Woodcutter - Stomach - Rumbles - Sausage - Dinner
As they are quarreling about what they really need, the woodcutter’s stomach rumbles and he blurts out, “Right now all I really want is a sausage for dinner!”
Immediately a huge, juicy sausage materializes before him on the dinner table. His wife goes ballistic, yelling at him for his idiotic impulsivity, which has now squandered one of their precious wishes. In her rage, she declares, “You foolish, foolish man, I wish your nose was a sausage!”
Course - Man - Shape - Situation - Appendage
Of course, the man’s nose instantly morphs into the requested shape. Both are shocked by this situation. They work together trying to remove the new appendage but to no avail. The sausage is firmly part of the man’s face.
The Woodcutter is desperate not to have a sausage as a nose, nor does his wife want to spend her life looking at his sausage nose. They agree to use their final wish to reverse the situation and are thus left with nothing to show for their three wishes.
If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
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