A man is lost in the desert and all he can think of is how badly he needs water. Suddenly he sees a little man on a camel. He begs, "Water? Water? Water?" The little man replies, "I am sorry, sir, but I have no water, but I can give you this tie." The man says, "What can I do with a tie in the desert?" The camel driver sadly rides away.
The next day, the man is even more desperate until he sees another camel riding up. He begs the driver for water, but driver, although moved by his need, only says, "I'm sorry sir, but I can give you this tie?" And again the man refuses the tie. The third day the man is truly desperate when sure enough, another camel comes riding up. "Water? Water? Water?" the man begs, but once again all the camel driver can offer is a tie. The man again refuses the tie and the camel driver rides sadly away.
Finally the poor lost man is near death. Suddenly he sees a sign, "Oasis one mile ahead." He crawls his last mile knowing there is water ahead. He sees a beautiful hotel at the top of a long flight of stairs. He summons up his last ounce of strength and pulls himself up the steps. He thinks to himself only about the water and how he will now survive. Struggling his last, he gets to the top step. He forces himself to stand and is about to enter the hotel when a little man steps up to him and says, "Sorry sir, you are not allowed to enter without a tie!"
I warned you this is one awful joke! But I never wasted valuable teaching time so why did I tell this joke every year? What does it mean and how can it change the life of a child? Think about the tie. It is the key to the man's survival but he doesn't know it and the camel driver doesn't tell him even if he wants him to accept it. What is the key to a child's success? The answer next time. Think about it.