On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark
at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."
The dog replied, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only
ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"
So God agreed.
On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people. Do tricks and
make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."
The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform.
How about I give you back ten years like the Dog did?"
And God agreed.
On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer
all day long and suffer under the sun. You must have calves and give milk to support
the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."
The cow replied, "That's kind of a tough life to live for sixty years.
How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"
And God agreed again.
On the fourth day, God created man and said, "Eat, sleep, play,
marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."
Man complained and said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty,
the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog
gave back? That makes eighty, okay?"
"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."
So that is why for our 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. Finally, the last ten
years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.