Ole and Lena lived on a lake in Northern Minnesota. It was near the end of winter and spring was just beginning.
Ole asked Lena if she would walk across the frozen lake to the general store to pick him up some tobacco.
She asked for some money, but he told her to put it on their tab.
So she walked across, got the tobacco and walked back.
Then she asked Ole why he didn’t send her with any money.
He said, “I vasn’t goin’ to send any money ven I vasn’t sure how tick de ice vas.”