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by Grainne Rowland.
Tadhg was a tailor in Ballyvourney. People constantly made fun of Tadhg.
"Who's got the ugliest feet, Tadhg?" the children would jeer.
"Tadhg, cover those feet, please!" taunted the adults in town.
But Tadhg took the teasing in stride. He just laughed with the townspeople and joked back with them.
One night, there was a gathering in the house of one of the women. A hooley was in full swing. People were everywhere in the cottage. Music was floating through the air, and people were dancing.
Tadhg sat perched on top of the table with one leg stretched out in front of him. He was busily stitching away on a new shirt while he listened to the music. The woman who owned the house passed by the table with a plate of cakes.
She looked at the one foot that Tadhg had rested in front of himself.
"By my father's bones, that is one ugly foot!" she said, wrinkling up her nose.
"By your father's bones, there is an uglier foot than that in this room," replied Tadhg.
Well, the woman must have had ugly feet herself, for she thought Tadhg was talking about her.
"There can't possibly be an uglier foot than your own foot, sitting in front of yourself," commented the woman.
"Would you like to place a bet on that?" asked Tadhg.
"I would indeed," said the woman.
"Then if I can find an uglier foot than this one, you must cook me a fine meal. If I can't, then I will buy you a fine meal myself," coaxed Tadhg.
"That is a good bet, and I accept," said the woman. Tadhg and the woman shook hands on it.
At that point, Tadhg stretched out his other foot. It was indeed much uglier than his first foot. This foot was swollen and knobbly. It had long, sharp toenails. The toes were bent at weird angles.
"Ugh!" exclaimed the woman. "There surely is nothing in the world uglier than that foot. You win, and I will cook you the best meal I can tomorrow."
Tadhg smiled. He knew the woman was the best cook in the entire county.
"Thank you," said Tadhg. "I will see you tomorrow then. And I promise to have strong shoes on my feet so you will not have to look at them!"
Image: Ugly Feet cartoon republished with the kind permission of Bill Huratiak. If you would like to see his other cartoons and artwork, please click Bill Huratiak.
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Fri, Nov 3, 2017
Instructions of King Cormac, King of Cashel
Be not too wise, nor too foolish
Be not too conceited, nor diffident
Be not too haughty, nor too humble
Be not too talkative, nor too silent
Be not too hard, nor too feeble.
If you be too wise, men will expect too much of you
If you be too foolish, you will be deceived
If you be conceited, you will be thought difficult
If you be too humble, you will be without honour
If you be too talkative, you will not be heeded
If you be silent, you will not be regarded
If you be too hard, you will be broken
If you be too feeble, you will be crushed.
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