Back in the days when millions of Jews lived in the villages of Poland and Ukraine, a young Torah scholar was soon to be wed. He heard about an old couple that never had a fight in 60 years of marriage. Eager to learn their secret, he walked for days to visit them. Upon hearing why the young man had come, the elderly husband agreed to share his wisdom for a peaceful marriage.
The day after we married, I came to my in-laws’ house with a donkey-cart to move my wife’s possessions to our new home. We loaded up and departed.
After a couple hours of walking, the donkey took an unauthorized break. My wife looked the donkey in the eye and said, “That’s one.”
An hour later, the donkey took another unauthorized break. My wife looked the donkey in the eye and said, “That’s two.”
An hour after that, the donkey took a third unauthorized break. My wife looked the donkey in the eye and said, “That’s three.” Then she took out a gun and shot the donkey dead.
I said, “Don’t you think maybe that was a little excessive?”
She said, “That’s one.”
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