A Man’s Wish
A man was sick and tired of going to work every day while his wife stayed
home. He wanted her to see what he went through so he prayed, “Dear Lord,
I go to work every day and put in 8 hours while my wife merely stays at
home. I want her to know what I go through, so please create a trade in
our bodies.” God, in his infinite wisdom, granted the man’s wish.
The next morning, sure enough, the man awoke as a woman. He arose,
cooked breakfast for his mate, awakened the kids, set out their school clothes,
fed them breakfast, packed their lunches, drove them to school, came home
and picked up the dry cleaning, took it to the cleaners and stopped at the
bank to draw out money to pay the power bill and telephone bill, drove to
the power company and the phone company and paid the bills, went grocery
shopping, came home and put away the groceries. He cleaned the cat’s
litter box and bathed the dog. Then it was already 1 p.m. and he hurried
to make the beds, do the laundry, vacuum, dust, and sweep and mop the
kitchen floor. Ran to the school to pick up the kids and got into an
argument with them on the way home. Set out cookies and milk and got the
kids organized to do their homework, then set up the ironing board and
watched TV while he did the ironing. At 4:30 he began peeling potatoes and
washing greens for salad, breaded the pork chops and snapped fresh beans
After supper he cleaned the kitchen, ran the dishwasher, folded laundry,
bathed the kids, and put them to bed. At 9 p.m. he was exhausted and,
though his daily chores weren’t finished, he went to bed where he was
expected to make love-which he managed to get through without complaint.
The next morning he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and said, “Lord,
I don’t know what I was thinking. I was so wrong to envy my wife’s being
able to stay home all day. Please, oh please, let us trade back.”
The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, replied, “My son, I feel you have learned
your lesson and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were.
You’ll have to wait 9 months, though. You got pregnant last night.