On the first day God created the dog. God said, "Sit all day by the
door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. I will
give you a life span of twenty years."
dog said, "That's too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I'll
give you back the other ten." So God agreed.
On the second day God created the monkey. God said, "Entertain people,
do monkey tricks, make them laugh. I'll give you a twenty-year life span."
monkey said, "How boring, monkey tricks for twenty years? I don't
think so. Dog gave you back ten, so that's what I'll do too, okay?"
And God agreed.
On the third day God created the cow. God said, "You must go to the
field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves
and give milk to support the farmer. I will give you a life span of sixty
cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty
years. Let me have twenty and I'll give back the other forty." And
God agreed again.
On the forth day God created man. God said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry
and enjoy your life. I'll give you twenty years."
said, "What? Only twenty years! Tell you what, I'll take my twenty,
and the forty the cow gave back and the ten the monkey gave back and the
ten the dog gave back, that makes eighty, okay?"
"Okay," said God, "You've got a deal."
that is why the 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 next ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.