Once upon a time, many moons ago, there was a man. He was a simple individual, and wanted only to carry on with life without bother. The man lived in the countryside which meant that the farm in the area were the main suppliers of the milk. This was not a problem, as the farm's delivery boy would deliver the milk to him every morning, and at the end of the week he would pay the farmer's son. The delivery was usually punctual, and although it was a little expensive, he was happy to pay for the milk since he needed it. He certainly did not want to go the village everyday to buy milk from them. And so he was happy with the milk that he received.
And so life carried on for the man. His milk would arrive every morning and every friday afternoon the farmer's son would come to collect payment for the previous week. The man would thank the farmer's son. The farmer's son sometimes told the man about other things that farm produced and occasionally the man would buy extra milk, even some bread or cheese. This carried on for many years, without issue, and although he had heard from the villagers nearby that the milk was sour or that it didn't arrive or that it was expensive, the man had no real issue with the quality of the milk, the delivery of the milk or even the cost of the milk. After all, he was the one who had made the decision to live way out in the countryside and he was happy that he could even receive milk, and that it was delivered to his door. Before he had moved to the countryside, he had thought that a milk delivery service did not even exist!
One day, on a Wednesday morning, the man woke up bright and early, and opened the door to get his milk, that was usually delivered about that time. Surprisingly, it wasn't there. The man scratched his head. This was strange. The man got worried. Perhaps the delivery boy was ill? Perhaps he had forgotten to deliver the milk? The man continued his day, a little concerned but he could live without the milk for one day. He was sure that milk would arrive the following day.
The next day, again the milk wasn't there. The man grew a little more worried. Why hadn't his milk arrived? He needed the milk. Even his cat needed the milk. The farm was far away, so he decided that he would go to the village to buy some milk from there. On the way he saw some of the villagers and told them of what had happened. He wondered if those who had milk delivered had still received their milk. Strangely, the villagers had received their milk. Why hadn't he received his? The villagers laughed at him and said that this kind of thing happened all the time, and that he shouldn't be surprised.
On the friday, in the afternoon, the man received a knock at the door. This was expected and the man would be able to ask the farmer's son why he had not received his milk. The farmer's son, however, asked the man to pay for the milk for the week. He even asked the man to pay for yoghurt. This was strange. The man had never asked for yoghurt. Indeed, he didn't even like yoghurt. The man told the farmer's son that he hadn't received milk for three days and that he had never ordered the yoghurt, ever. The farmer's son said that, according to his log book, this is what the man had ordered and received and that he would have to pay. And if he had a problem, that he would have to go and see the farmer himself. The man reluctantly paid the farmer's son and asked him when the farmer would be at the farm so that he could visit him. The farmer's son said that the farmer is always at the farm on a Sunday morning and this would be the best time to go and visit the farmer.
On Sunday, the man got up early so that he could go and visit the farmer. The man was a little bothered by the situation, not least because Sundays were when the man would walk to the river and go fishing to catch his fish for the week. Sunday mornings were the best time to go fishing since he was able to catch the biggest fish since the rest of the villagers would go later in the afternoon. When the man got to the farm, the farmer was no where to be seen. He saw cows and chickens but but neither the farmer nor the farmer's son were around. The man waited for a while, but still no farmer. The man left, a little angry that the farmer's son had said that the farmer would be there, and that he had wasted his morning. He went to the lake to catch some fish, but the best fish were gone and he had to be content with the smaller fish. He then made the journey to the village to get his regular supplies. The villagers laughed at the man's misfortune saying that it was only a matter of time before something like this had to happen to him. After all, it happened to them all the time. They told him not to worry, because they had heard about another farmer having bought some land nearby, and soon he would be able to get his milk from this new farm, who would also be providing a delivery service. This made the farmer a little happy, despite his current situation.
On his way back from the farm he bumped into his neighbour. The man told his neighbour about the predicament he was in, and that as soon as the new farm started producing milk, he would be getting his milk from this new farm. The neighbour sighed and told him that the new farm would not be delivering milk for some time. The cows needed to be bought from a faraway village. There were even rumours that the new farm may have to buy some of the cows from the first farm, which was worrying because the neighbour thought the milk was sometimes sour. The only thing that the man would be able to receive would be bread and eggs. This did not help the man, because while he liked bread, it was the milk that he really needed.
The man thanked his neighbour and bid him goodbye. The neighbour promised to tell the man if he heard anything else about the new farm, but told him not to hold his breath about it. The man went home, gave some milk to the cat and went to sleep.
On the Monday, the man got ready to go the village to get his milk. When he opened his door to go out, there sat some milk! Evidently, the farmer's son had told the farmer about the situation and the delivery boy was now delivering the milk as usual. The next day, the same thing and the same the following day. Things were back to normal, the man was happy - even the cat was happy!
On the Friday afternoon, there was the regular knock at the door from the farmer's son who asked him to pay for a week's amount of milk. Everything indeed was back to normal. The man was not even bothered about paying for the extra yoghurt from the previous week, since all he wanted was his milk. The man thanked the farmer's son for sorting out the problem and that he didn't even want a refund for the yoghurt. The farmer's son looked at the man blankly. He said to him that he didn't know what the man was talking about and that last week the man had paid as usual for a week's worth of milk that he had received. The man was a little confused by this, but he thought to ignore it, since he now had a regular delivery of milk. The man thanked the farmer's son and said goodbye.
On the Monday, the man woke a little anxious, just in case the milk was not there again, since he was too busy to go to the village to get milk. He opened the door. Slowly. There lay the milk. The man smiled. Even the cat purred. He poured the milk for himself and a little for his cat.
But the cat didn't lap up the milk as usual. And the man sipped his milk, and spat it out immediately. It was sour.
The man got down on his knees, with the cat by his side and they prayed for the swift opening of the new farm.