night after dinner, Harry took off for the local watering
hole. He would spend the whole evening there and always
arrive home, well inebriated, around midnight each night.
He usually had trouble getting his key to fit the keyhole
and couldn't get the door open. And, every time this happened,
his wife 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
still continued his nightly routine.
One day, the distraught wife was talking to a friend about
her husband's behavior. The friend listened and suggested,
"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?
Then, he might change his ways."
The wife thought that this might be a good idea. That night,
Harry took off again after dinner. And, at about midnight,
he arrived home in his usual condition. His wife heard him
at the door. She quickly opened it and let Harry in.
Instead of berating him as she had always done, this time
she took his arm and led him into the living room. She sat
Harry down in an easy chair, put his feet up on the foot
stool, and took his shoes off. Then, she went behind him
and started to cuddle him a little. After a short while,
she whispered to Harry, "It's pretty late, dear. I
think we should go upstairs to bed now, don't you think?"
Harry replied in his inebriated state, "Heck, I guess
we might as well. I'll get in trouble when I get home anyway!"