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Thanks to Mary Lou for sending this one!

An elderly woman and her young grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the Zoo.
When they arrived, they saw lots of children waiting in line to get their faces painted with tiger paws.
    "You have so many freckles there's no place to paint!" a little girl said to the boy.
    Embarrassed, the boy dropped his head and looked away. His grandmother knelt next to him.
    "I love your freckles. When I was a little girl, I always wanted freckles," she said, tracing her finger across his cheek. "Freckles are beautiful."
    The boy looked up. "Really?" he asked.
    "Of course," his grandmother replied. "Why, just name one thing that's prettier than freckles."
    The boy thought for a moment, peered intently into his grandmother's face, and softly whispered, "Wrinkles."


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