"I'm not doing that anymore." said Farmer Small.
"Did you know that there are 26 letters in the alphabet? And some of them are extras. That's too many to learn!"
I thought about it. 26 letters could be a lot to learn if you have a little plastic brain, but I wasn't sure about the "extras."
"Really?" I asked. "There are extra letters?"
"Yes." said Farmer Small. "Do we really need the letter "C?" Don't "S" and "K" cover it?"
I hadn't really thought about it. Personally, I'm fond of the letter "C." Also, the thoughts in his little plastic brain were giving me a headache. But then, I had an idea.
"How about if you only have to learn 6 letters?"
"Maybe," he said, suspiciously, "what are they."
"That's five," he said. Are you trying to make me learn "C"?"
"No, no, forget "C." I said . The sixth letter is "X" so you can sign your name in case you win."
"Win?" asked Farmer Small. "What do I win If I learn those letters ?"
"Money." I said.
Farmer Small smiled.
"I can learn those letters!"
That's the attitude everyone should have toward learning the alphabet, or at least some of it. Good luck Farmer Small!