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Trading Places

> > >

> > >A man was sick and tired of going to work every day while his wife


> >home.

> >He wanted her to see what he went through so he prayed:

> > >

> > >"Dear Lord: I go to work every day and put in 8 hours while my wife

> >merely

> >stays at home. I want her to know what I go through, so please allow her

> >body to

> >switch with mine for a day. Amen.

> > >

> > >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


> >awakened the kids, set out their school clothes, fed them breakfast,


> >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 make a deposit, went

> >grocery

> >shopping, then drove home to put away the groceries, paid the bills and

> >balanced

> >the check book. He cleaned the cat's litter box and bathed the dog. Then


> >was

> >already 1 P.M. and he hurried to make the beds, do the laundry, vacuum,

> >dust,

> >and sweep and mop the kitchen floor. Ran to the school to pick up the


> >and

> >got into an argument with them on the way home. Set out milk and cookies

> >and got

> >the kids organized to do their homework, then set up the ironing board


> >watched TV while he did the ironing. At 4:30 he began peeling potatoes


> >washing vegetables for salad, breaded th e pork 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 P.M. he was exhausted

> >and,

> >though his daily 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 ab


> >to

> >stay home all day. Please, oh 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


> >You'll just have to wait nine months, though. You got pregnant last


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I did not read the whole thing because I got the gist of it pretty quickly. I knew what was coming. I can truthfully say that I understand that so clearly now. When I retired over ten years ago, I took over many of the household chores, such as grocery shopping, laundry, dry cleaning, dish stacking and put away, etc. I gained a much better appreciation of Lucie's role in the past. BUT, with my caregiving of Lucie, plus doing my chores and her chores, I appreciate it even more. I never doubted the work Lucie did, but now I have walked in her shoes and understand. Don

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