Not exactly a running gag

Rarasaur’s prompt for the promptless asks participants for a running gag.  I like good clean jokes as much as the next person, but doubt my ability to make up a running gag.

Instead I am going to tell a story about a family friend I remember from my childhood.  His job was teaching mathematics.  He had a Welsh accent and loved telling what we called “tall stories” or “shaggy dog tales”.  The one I remember best went something like this:

Do you know about the man who ran over himself?  No?

Well, a man was driving his car along a road when he noticed a newsagent’s shop.  He stopped his car.  A boy was walking along the pavement.  The man wound the window down and said to the boy, “If I gave you some money, would you run over and buy me a newspaper?”

The boy refused.

So the man got out of his car and ran over himself.

I recently told this story to a friend and it made her laugh.  I hope it made you laugh too and you didn’t mind my interpretation of the prompt.  I can still tag it gag and running!

Jesus spoke about running over too.  Luke 6:38 (NIV) Give, and it will be given to you.   A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.