Smile of the Day

Life is getting much too serious, yes? Who doesn't need a daily smile?




Saturday, June 7

Ready, set ...

After a few years of married life in New Orleans, he found that he was having an increasing amount of difficulty in the marriage bed. Home remedies don't work, medical remedies don't work, but finally his doctor refers him to a voodoo doctor who says at once, "I can fix this." Some powder on a flame, a flash with billowing smoke, and all is complete. "This is very powerful healing," warns the voodoo doctor, "and you will only be able to use it once a year. All you have to do is say 1,2,3, and it shall rise for you for as long as you wish, my man!"

Once a year is better than never, he thinks: but what happens afterward?

"No worries, my man! All you have to say is 1,2,3,4, and it will go down again. But remember, it will not work again for a year!"

Feeling very good about himself for the first time in a long time, he goes home, eager to surprise his wife and anticipating the night ahead. After the two of them have gotten into the bed, he turns over to her, saying quietly under his breath, "1,2,3." At once it works!

His wife murmurs sleepily, "What did you say 1,2,3 for?"

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