Young Elmer comes down to breakfast. Since they live on a farm, his mother asks if he had done his chores.
“Not yet,” said Elmer.
His mother tells him no breakfast until he does his chores. Feeling ticked off, he goes to feed the chickens, and he kicks a chicken. He goes to feed the cows, and he kicks a cow. He goes to feed the pigs and he kicks a pig.
He goes back in for breakfast and his mother gives him a bowl of dry cereal.
“How come I don’t get any eggs and bacon? Why don’t I have any milk in my cereal?” he asks.
“Well,” his mother says, “I saw you kick a chicken, so you don’t get any eggs for a week. I saw you kick the pig, so you don’t get any bacon for a week either. I also saw you kick the cow, so for a week you aren’t getting any milk.”
Just then, his father comes down for breakfast and kicks the cat halfway across the kitchen. Elmer looks up at his mother with a smile, and says, “Are you going to tell him, or should I?”