SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE – Long Island Version


My mother, “Tell that joke about the Jewish couple and the priest…”

My father, “Oh yes!  So….!”, waiting until he has everyone’s attention, “…So this nice Jewish couple is driving by a shopping mall and there’s a sign that says….”

My mother, “No that’s not how it goes.”

My father, “Yes, it is.”

“No, it’s not a shopping mall.  It’s a church.”

“A church?”

“Yes, it’s a church.”

“Whatever.  So they’re driving by this church and there’s a sign that says, ‘Tell the priest about your religion.  Get fifty dollars.’”

“No, that’s not right.”

“Yes it is.”

“No, they don’t tell the priest, they listen to the priest.”

“Fine, so you tell it.”

“I don’t want to tell it.”

“Go ahead.  You tell it.”

“I don’t want to.”

“Well, then let me tell it.”

“You’re not telling it.  That’s not the joke.”

“So how does it go?”

“The sign says, ‘Listen to the priest discuss religion.’ Not, ‘Tell the priest.’  That’s not how it goes.”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“It does.  It matters.”

“So tell it then.”

“I don’t want to.”

“Well, I don’t want to either.”

“Then don’t.”

“I won’t.”

“Go ahead.  Tell it.”

“I don’t want to.”




Discussion Question For Your Book Group:

Frequently, a short story conveys how a character learns or grows from a single event or experience. What did the characters in this story learn?   How did they grow?  Explain.



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