‘Horsehoof’ for an Irishman means ‘embellished story’—so no criticisms will be allowed here if some details have been modified in memory.
3-year-old Sean, just trained, was annoyed that his mother spent too much time on the phone, ignoring him. So he strode from the bathroom stark naked, announcing simply,
“I decided not to wipe.”
She got off the phone to modify that decision.
Hearing this story, I said, “Wow! He precociously displayed
2 of 3 components of a mortal sin—sufficient reflection
and full consent of the will !”
The mother said, “What? You think that wasn’t serious matter ?!”