Trading Places

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 1, 2001

A man was sick and tired of going to work every day while his wife stayed at home.

He wanted her to see what he went through so he prayed, “Dear Lord, I go to work every day and put in eight hours while my wife merely stays at home.”

“I want her to know what I go through, so please create a trade in our bodies.”

God, in His infinite wisdom, granted the man’s wish.

The next morning, sure enough, the man awoke as a woman.

He arose, cooked breakfast for his mate, awakened the kids, set out their school clothes, fed them breakfast, packed their lunches, drove them to school, came home and picked up the dry cleaning, took it to the cleaners and stopped at the bank to draw out money to pay the power bill and telephone bill, drove to the power company and the phone company and paid the bills, went grocery shopping, came home and put away the groceries. He cleaned the cat’s litter box and bathed the dog.

Then it was already 1:00 p.m. and he hurried to make the beds, do the laundry, vacuum, dust, and sweep and mop the kitchen floor. He ran to the school to pick up the kids and got into an argument with them on the way home. He set out cookies and milk and got the kids organized to do their homework, then set up the ironing board and watched TV while he did the ironing.

At 4:30 PM he began peeling potatoes and washed greens for salads, breaded the chops and snapped fresh beans for supper.

After supper, he cleaned the kitchen, ran the dishwasher, folded laundry, bathed the kids, and put them to bed. At 9:00 PM he was exhausted and though his chores weren’t finished, he went to bed where he was expected to make love, which he managed to get through without complaint.

The next morning, he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and said, “Lord, I don’t know what I was thinking. I was so wrong to envy my wife’s being able to stay home all day. Please, O Lord please, let us trade back.”

The Lord, in His infinite wisdom, replied, “My son, I feel you have learned your lesson, and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were.”

“You’ll have to wait 9 months, though. You got pregnant last night..”

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8 comments
  1. And what about the women who work outside the home and still complete the lion’s share of tasks at home? And the single moms who have everything on their shoulders? My heart aches for them! Do you suppose a story such as this one will help men understand that they, too,must accept responsibility?!

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  2. And what about the women who work outside the home and still complete the lion’s share of tasks at home? Or the single moms who have everything on their shoulders? My heart aches for them! Do you suppose a story such as this will help men understand that they, too,must accept responsibility?! (Yes, many dads help with household chores and kids, but not enough!)

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  3. Wonderful story! Lessons learned: 1. God always answers prayer. 2. God’s answer may be either “yes”, “no”, or “wait”. 3. God always has a good reason for His answer. Moral: “Think before you pray”. Thank you for today’s lesson! I’ll be back for more lessons and laughter!

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