opened a can of soup yesterday and a genie appeared.
"Who are you?" I asked.
"I am the Soup Genie, " he said. "I've
come to grant you three wishes!" "That's
easy, " I said. "I wish to be happy all the time, for the rest of
my life, no matter what!"
"I'm just a Soup Genie," he replied.
"I'm only allowed to grant wishes having to do with soup."
This was getting boring. I mean, I'll
have a cup of soup every now and then, but I'm not what you'd call
in love with the stuff.
But suddenly I had a brainstorm.
"Genie," I said. "For my first wish,
I would like a cup of soup, that when I drink it, it will make
me happy all the time, for the rest of my life, no matter what!" "Granted,"
said the genie, bowing low with his hands folded together. On the
table in front of me suddenly appeared a bowl of thick, steaming,
yellow-green, ugly, stinky liquid that looked and smelled awful!
Still, I picked up a spoon, placed it in the soup, and brought it
to my lips.
"Aaaaaaaagggghhhhhhhh!" I screamed.
It tasted as bad as it looked! I could never get that stuff
down my throat!
Just then, my dog, Poochie, came running
in from the next room, jumped up on the table, buried his face in
the bowl, and slurped up all the soup. Poochie will eat anything!
Then he ran, laughing and smiling, back into the next room,
and I knew at least that Poochie was going to be happy all the rest
of his life.
"That was your first wish," said the
I started to panic. Then I remembered,
I did still have two more wishes. And
then I had a second brainstorm.
"Genie," I said, "For my second wish,
I would like a soup that is very tasty, and will make me happy
all the time for the rest of my life, no matter what!"
"Granted," said the genie, bowing again.
On the table now there suddenly appeared
a bowl ofwell, it looked like some kind of vegetable-tofu soup,
or something. This time, it looked and smelled delicious. I
spooned up a little bit of this soup and brought it to my mouth. Ex-cel-lent!
"Genie," I said, "For my third wish,
could you get me a few crackers, since they do have something to
do with soup?"
"Why, yes," said the genie, bowing
a third time. "Crackers we can get you." So
I crunched up the crackers and slurped down the soup.
that's why, ever since that day, I've been completely happy, all the
time, no matter what's happened to me! I don't tell most people how
I got this way, for the simple reason that they wouldn't believe me.
Usually, folks just assume that I've
either fallen in love or inherited a lot of money. But it was just
the soup that I wished for and drank on that special day.
And oh, yes. Poochie's
at home, and he's still laughing and smiling, too!
© 1990, 2004 by Max Reif