Divide Equally

A couple whose marriage was on the rocks sought the advice of their pastor.<>

The pastor encouraged them to patch up their quarrel and keep their vows, but the couple was adamant.<>

“Well,” said the pastor, “you know the consequences if you insist on a divorce.<>

Remember this: you must divide your property equally.”<>

The wife flared up. “You mean the $4,000 I have saved up? I must give him half? My money?”<>

“Yes,” said the pastor. “He gets $2,000. You get $2,000.”<>

“What about my furniture? I paid for that.”<>

“Same thing,” answered the pastor. “You split it equally.”<>

There was a challenging gleam in the wife’s eye. “What about our three children?”<>

The pastor was stumped at first but then quickly came up with a Solomonic solution.<>

“Go back and live together until your fourth child is born.<>

Then you take two children and your husband takes two.”<>

The wife shook her head.<>

 “No, I’m sure that wouldn’t work out. If I depended on him, I wouldn’t have the three I’ve got.”<>

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