A mother passing by her son's bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made, and the room clean and tidy.
Looking more closely she saw an envelope propped up on the pillow. It was addressed, 'Mum'. With trepidation, she opened the envelope and read the enclosed note with trembling hands.
It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing to you. I have had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a row with you and Dad.
I am crazy in love with Stacy, and she is so nice, but I knew you would not approve of her, because of all her piercings, tattoos, her tight Motorcycle clothes and because she is so much older than I am.
But it's not only the passion, Mum. She's pregnant. She owns a
trailer in the woods, and has a stack of firewood for the whole
winter. We share a dream of having many more children. Stacy has
really opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't really
anyone. In fact we'll be growing it for ourselves, and
trading it with the other people in the commune for all the cocaine
and ecstasy we want. In the meantime, we'll pray that science will
find a cure for AIDS, so
that Stacy can get better. She sure
deserves it!! Don't worry Mum, I'm 15 now and I know how to take
care of myself. Someday, I'm sure we'll be back to visit so you can
get to know your many grandchildren.
Love, Your son.
P.S. Mum, none of the above is true. I'm over at a friends house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the school report that's on my desk. Call when it is safe for me to come home
Sometimes the negotiator needs to paint a picture of how bad things could be to point out the value of a deal. Angela Merkel may have been unhappy with the U-turn she made over the weekend. Her big concession was to allow direct aid from the Eurozone's permanent bailout fund to banks in difficulty. Something she promised she would not do.
The even worse picture of her being the instigator of a complete meltdown of the Euro threatened by the French and Italians helped her to cleverly compromise and move the process forward.
Even deals you don't like may be better than the alternative in some situations.
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