HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

February 18, 2008
Chuckle of the Week

The Anniversary


The couple was celebrating 50 years together.

Their three kids, all very successful, agreed to a Sunday dinner in their honor.

“Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad,” gushed son number one, a doctor.  “Sorry I’m running late.  I had an emergency at the hospital with a patient – you know how it is – and didn’t have time to get you a gift.”

“Not to worry,” said the father.  “The important thing is that we’re all together today.”

Son number two, a lawyer, arrived and announced, “Mom and Dad, you both look great.  I just flew in from Los Angeles between depositions and I’m sorry, but I didn’t have time to shop for you.”

“That’s not important,” said the father, “We’re glad you were able to come.”

Just then the daughter, the head of a large and successful company, arrived.  “Hello and happy anniversary! I’m sorry, but I’ve been so busy packing, on my way out of town for a meeting, that I didn’t have time to get you anything.”

“Oh, it’s no big deal,” replied the father, “we’re just happy that all of you could be here with us.”

After they had finished dessert, the father said, “There’s something your mother and I have wanted to tell you for a long time.  You see, we were very poor.  Despite this, we were able to send each of you to college.  Throughout the years your mother and I knew that we loved each other very much, but we just never found the time to get married.”

All three children gasped, “You mean we’re bastards?”

“Yep,” said the father.  “And cheap ones too.”


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