A Christian visited the cemetery to place a garland of roses on the grave of his grandfather. As he turned to leave, he noticed an old Chinese man placing a bowl of rice on a grave nearby. The Christian smiled.
The Chinese man, noticing this, bowed. “What please you so?” he politely inquired.
“I was just wondering – when do you expect the dead to eat that rice?”
“About the same time,” sighed the Chinese man, “that your dead smell those flowers.”
March 18, 2013