The Brothers Grime: The Boy Who Would Not Take a Bath
| The Brothers Grime: The Boy Who Would Not Take a Bath
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When Homer was a kid, he once didn't want take a bath, so his mother let his husband read him a story about a boy who did not want to swim. The boy never let his parents bathe him, and after a few years without bathing, he started school, but he smelled so much that all the students fled from the school. After the mailman stopped delivering mail to his family, his mom had had enough and threw him out of the house. The boy tried to hitchhike from the town, but nobody wanted to pick him up so he started to walk instead. He then found an empty shack and moved in. He started eating berries and other stuff that fell out of a bird's beak, but his only friends were the flies that hovered around him, so he started to talk to his reflection in the water. After a few years, he felt lonely and went back to his hometown. His first stop was at his parents' house, but they did not recognize him, and no one else remembered him or wanted to talk to him because he smelled so much. The mature boy realized that he was still not welcome and went back to the shack where he lived the rest of his life as a lonely old man. He realized that if he never bathed, he'd have no children, friends or wife, and lived happily ever after.
When Abe finishes the story, Homer asks if it was true that he never bathed, and Abe says that it is true. Homer is resting in his bed thinking about this great story and dreams about the happy lonely man.