The German Child

An English couple adopt a child from Germany, however, this should not be a problem. There is nothing to worry about as it's a healthy baby boy.

As the child grows older, he shows a preference for dressing in lederhosen and has a pudding bowl haircut, but there is nothing to worry about as all his basic functions develop normally. He can walk, eat, sleep, read and so on, but for some reason the German child never, ever speaks.

 

The concerned parents take him to a doctor, who reassures them that as the German child is perfectly developed in all other areas, there is nothing to worry about and that he is sure the speech faculty will eventually blossom.

Years pass. The German child enters his teens, but he is still not speaking, even though in all other respects he is fully functional.

The German child's mother is especially distressed by this, but attempts to conceal her sadness. One day she makes the German child, who is now 17 years old and still silent, a bowl of tomato soup.

Soon, the German child appears in the kitchen and suddenly says, "Mother. This soup has no paprika in it."

The German child's mother is astonished. "All these years," she exclaims, "we assumed you could not speak!  And yet all along it appears you could. Why? Why did you never say anything before?"

"Because, mother," answers the German child, "up until now, everything has been satisfactory."

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