On the first day, God
created the dog andsaid:'Sit all day by the
door of your house and bark at anyone who comes
For this, I will give
you a life span of twenty years.'
The dog said: '20 years ? That's a long time to
How about only ten
years and I'll give you back the other ten?'
On the second day, God
created the monkeyandsaid: 'Entertain people, do tricks,
and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year
The monkey said:
'Monkey tricks for twenty years?
That's a pretty
long time to perform the same tricks.
How about I give you
back ten like the Dog did?'
And God agreed.
On the third day, God
created the cow
'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long
and suffer under the sun, 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 said: '60 years? That's a long time for such a
tough life that you want me to live. How about twenty and
I'll give back the other forty?'
And God agreed again.
On the fourth day, God
'Eat, sleep, play,
be merry, marry, and enjoy your life.
For this, I'll give
you twenty years.'
But the human said: 'Only twenty years, that’s not
much time to enjoy life? Since they aren’t going to be
using them, couldn’t you possibly give me my twenty
years, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave
back, and the ten the dog gave back too; that makes eighty in
'Okay,' said God, 'You asked for
So that is why for our first twenty years as humans we eat,
sleep, play, make merry 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.
And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark
Life has now been explained to you.