"The trouble with a new knife is...the great need to use it!
Christmas time brought a new knife to Tom Dodd, Jr. It was a wonderful gift. A boy could do all sorts of great things with a knife. He could whittle, play mumbletypeg, skin a squirrel, clean a fish, and carve.
It also brought some business at school with Miss Sadie Littlegreen . You see, when Tom went to the boys outhouse he could not resist taking out his knife and making a carving in the wall.
The next day, Miss Sadie called him to her desk and asked, "Tom did you get a new knife for Christmas?" "Yes" and then he bragged, "a Barlow." "Did you carve your initials in the boys outhouse?" she asked. " Miss Sadie had me so I admitted I did. I spent the next several days after school sanding and removing my monogram off the boys outhouse." Tom Dodd, Jr.