” Every night, after dinner, he took off for the local watering
hole. He spent the whole evening there, and arrived home, well
inebriated, around midnight each night.
He always had trouble getting his key into the keyhole, and
getting the door opened. His wife, waiting up for him, would go to the
door and let him in. Then she would proceed to yell and scream at
him, for his constant nights out, and coming home in a drunken state.
But, Harry continued his nightly routine.
One day, the wife was talking to a friend about her husband’s
behavior, and was particularly distraught by it all.
The friend listened to her, and then said, “”Why don’t you treat
him a little differently when he comes home? Instead of berating him,
why don’t you give him some loving words, and welcome him home with
a kiss? He then might change his ways.””
The wife thought it was worth trying.
That night, Harry took off again, after dinner. And, about
midnight, he arrived home, in his usual condition. His wife heard
him at the door, quickly went to it, opened the door, and let Harry
This time, instead of berating him, as she had always done, she
took his arm, and led him into the living room. She sat him down in
an easy chair, put his feet up on the ottoman and took his shoes off.
Then she went behind him, and started to cuddle him a little. After a
while, she said to him, “”It’s pretty late. I think we had better go
upstairs to bed now, don’t you?””
At that, Harry replied, in his inebriated state, “”I guess we
might as well. I’ll get in trouble when I get home anyway!””