A man had found a magic lantern and, for years, every time he rubbed it a “Genie” would appear to grant his wish. The man was a real worry-bird and, because of his constant anxious worries, he kept the “Genie” busy all the time. This went on for years — one wish after another — until, one day, when the man rubbed his magic lantern for the fifth time that week, the Genie appeared and said: “I am sick and tired of your anxious worry and your constant wishing. I have decided to settle this arrangement we have once and for all. I will grant your next three wishes only. Nothing more. After that, you’re on your own.”
The man made his first wish immediately. He asked that his wife would disappear so that he could marry a better woman. His wish came true at once. But when friends and relatives discovered she was gone, they began to recall all the wife’s good qualities.…
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