The mountaineer found a small mirror, the first he had ever seen. He looked into it with surprise and exclaimed, “What? It’s a pitcher of me old pappy.”
Feeling sentimental, he hid the mirror under the bed. His wife saw him hiding it, and when he left the house, she took out the mirror. Looking at it, she snorted, “So that’s the old hag he’s been chasin’.”
A simpler version of this story has a primitive man looking into a pool of water, surprised by what he saw. He went home and told his wife that while he was at the pond today he saw the face of his father staring back at him.