Two years went by. Then, “You are going to the hospital, son. Mother and I have someone who will donate the ears you need. But it’s a secret” said the father.
The operation was a brilliant success, and a new person emerged. His talents blossomed into genius, and school and college became a series of triumphs. Later he married and entered the diplomatic service.
Slowly, tenderly, the father stretched forth a hand and raised the thick, reddish-brown hair to reveal…that the mother had no outer ears.