The crofter’s wife went into labour in the middle of the night, and the doctor was called out to assist in the delivery.
To keep the father-to-be busy, the doctor handed him a lantern and said: “Here, you hold this high so I can see what I’m doing.”
Soon, a lusty baby boy was brought into the world.
“Och!” said the doctor. “Don’t be in a rush to put the lantern by…I think there’s yet another wee bairn to come.”
Sure enough, within minutes he had delivered a bonnie lass.
“Na, dinna be in a great hurry to be putting down that lantern, lad…It seems there’s yet another one besides!” cried the doctor.
The crofter scratched his head in bewilderment, and asked the doctor:
“Well, now, mon, Do ye suppose the light’s attracting them?”
With thanks to ‘Colin in a kilt’ for this one!