On the day God created a cow, God said:
go to the field and stay
with the farmer all day long, toil pulling
and suffer under the
sun, have calves, feed them and also give milk
support the farmer. I
will give you a life span of sixty years."
the cow said, "That's a
kind of a tough life you want me to do all
sixty years. Let me
have twenty years and I'll give you back the
forty." And God agreed.
On the day God created the dog, God
all day by the door of your
house and bark at anyone who comes in or
past. I will give you a life
span of twenty years."
"That's too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I'll
other ten." So God agreed (sigh).
On the day God created the
said, "Entertain people, do monkey
tricks, make them laugh. I'll
give you a
twenty year life span." The monkey
said, "How boring, monkey tricks
twenty years? I don't think so. I'll
take ten years and I'll give
ten." And God agreed again.
On the last day God created man. God
Eat, sleep, play, enjoy life.
Do nothing, just enjoy
enjoy. I'll give you twenty
years." And the Man said, "Why?
twenty years? It's not enough. Tell
you what, I'll take the twenty
plus the forty cow gave back, plus
the ten dog gave back and the ten
gave back. That makes eighty,
okay?" "Okay," said God agreeing
And these events explain why for the first twenty years we eat,
play, enjoy, and do nothing. For the next forty years
toil in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do
tricks to entertain our grandchildren; and for the last ten years we
front of the house and bark at everybody.