David's joke

David’s joke

A man and woman are asleep in bed when someone knocks on the door. The man, David, opens his eyes and looks at his clock, and it’s half past three in the morning. “I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and closes his eyes.

Then, a louder knock follows. “Aren’t you going to answer that?” says his wife.

The man gets out of bed and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is man standing at the door. It is clear that the visitor is drunk.

“Hi there,” says the stranger. “Can you give me a push?”

“No, go away ! It’s half past three. I was in bed,” says the man and he closes the door. He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened.

“David, that wasn’t very nice of you,” she says. “Do you remember that night when our car broke down in the countryside, and you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? He was kind and he helped us.”

“But the guy was drunk,” says the husband.

“It doesn’t matter,” says the wife. “He needs our help and you need to help him.”

So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door, but he cannot see the stranger anywhere. He shouts, “Hey, do you still want a push?” And he hears a voice cry out, “Yeah, please.”

“Where are you?” shouts David.

“I’m over here in your garden,” the stranger replies, “on your swing.” (balançoire)

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