Marash Girl wonders if Grandpa Moses had heard the Nasreddin Hodja story that goes (in English) like this.
One day Hodja went out into his garden early in the morning to plant some saplings. When evening came, he uprooted all of them and took them back into the house.
His wife asked him, "Hodja, what are you doing?"
Nasreddin Hodja answered, "We are living in bad times so I don't want to leave any of my belongings out in the open where someone might steal them!"
[From 202 Jokes of Nasreddin Hodja, Miniature Yayinlari, Istanbul, Turkey.]