Wednesday, October 30, 2013



An “Inspirational” Story

Here is an apocryphal “inspirational” story.

The inimitable Mulla Nasrudin and his wife attended a workshop on Modern Parenting.

It was emphasized that bringing up children is not the duty of the mother alone and the father too must contribute and participate in parenting.

“Parenting is a shared activity – the husband must realize that half the baby is his!” the speaker said while pontificating on the virtues of caring and sharing in parenting.

On the way home after the parenting workshop, inspired by the lectures, Mulla Nasrudin told his wife that he would henceforth share half the parenting chores of their small newborn baby with his wife.

Later that night, when Nasrudin and his wife were sleeping, the baby started crying.

Nasrudin’s wife turned to him and said, “Husband, go take care of the baby. You agreed to share parenting duties. Remember what they told us at the parenting workshop – that husband must realize that half the baby is his – so since half the baby is yours please go and stop the baby’s crying.”

Nasrudin sleepily remarked, “Yes, half the baby belongs to me and half the baby belongs to you. So, you can go stop your half from crying if you want – but I choose to let my half to continue to cry.”

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