[StBernard] Life Span

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Mon Feb 18 08:58:36 EST 2008

On the first day, God created the dog and said:

'Sitall day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes
in orwalks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.'

The dog said: 'That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten
years and I'll give you back the other ten?'

So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said:

'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll
give you a twenty-year life span.'

Themonkey said: 'Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty
long timeto perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?'

And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow and said:

'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer
under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For
this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.'

Thecow said: 'That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for
sixtyyea rs. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?'

And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created man and said:

'Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give
you twenty years.'

Butman said: 'Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my
twenty, theforty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey ga ve back, and the
the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?'

'Okay,' said God, 'You asked for it.'

Sothat is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and
enjoyourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support
ourfamily. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain
thegrandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch
andbark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I'm
doing it as a public service.

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