My friend, Lynn, in Lewisburg, PA, sends me short stories, as do several others. This is the first, and maybe the only one I’ll post since it isn’t written by me, and the author is some clever sod called A. Nonymous. The story has a familiar ring to it but I didn’t guess the gratifying twist at the end – will you?
A man who had just died was delivered to the mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black suit. The mortician asks the deceased’s wife how she would like the body dressed.He points out that the man does look good in the black suit he is already wearing.The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives the mortician a blank check and says, “I don’t care what it costs, please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.”
The woman returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe; the suit fits him perfectly.
She says to the mortician, “Whatever this cost, I’m very satisfied. You did a excellent job and I’m very grateful. How much did you spend?”
To her astonishment, the mortician presents her with the blank check.”
There’s no charge,” he says.
“No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit.”
“Honestly, ma’am,” the mortician says, “It cost nothing. You see, a deceased gentleman of about your husband’s size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice. So I switched the heads.”
My wife laughed her head off. Does anyone have needle and thread?