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Stages of Life

I received the following in an email from a friend. I don’t mean to be overly sensitive, but it seems to me that I’ve been indirectly called a cow. Do you not agree?

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

‘Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes
in or walks 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.’

The monkey said: ‘Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a
pretty long time to 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.’

The
cow said: ‘That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years.
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.’

But man said: ‘Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my
twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the
ten  the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?’

‘Okay,’ said God,
‘You asked for it.’

So that is why for our first twenty years we eat,
sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun
to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to
entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front
porch and bark 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.

2 comments to Stages of Life

  • nah I don’t agree, I think it’s meant to be a generalisation of all human life.. :) of course it’s really not a good generalisation.. I’m 34 and don’t have a family and no intention of having one (Stu doesn’t count as he’s providing for himself also ;) )

  • Nah, you’re right. It’s just a generalization, and only a semi-accurate one. I don’t have a family to work for and I don’t slave in the sun, but most of us do work and toil in our “mid-years.” Sigh. (I’m so ready to re-tire.)
    And, I was kidding about being called a cow. My friend wouldn’t have done that. ;-)

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