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Navajo Wisdom.

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 4:05 pm Tue 26th September 2006

For all of us who are married, were married, wish you were married,
or wish you weren’t married, this is something to smile about the next
time you open a box of chocolates:

Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern
Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road.

As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked
the Navajo woman if she would like a ride.

With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car. Resuming the

Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The
old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw,
studying every little detail, until she noticed a white bag on the seat
next to Sally.

“What in bag?” asked the old woman.

Sally looked down at the white bag and said, “It’s a box of chocolates. I
got it for my husband”.

The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then,
speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said:”Good trade.”


  1. Hi Bevan,

    I do not know exactly what you are saying but a few other women and myself would like to teach you how to manipulate women.

    Comment by julie — Tue 26th September 2006 @ 6:21 pm

  2. It was just a joke a friend (female) sent me, but who knows, maybe it actually happened when Sally was on the way home.

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Wed 27th September 2006 @ 8:45 pm

  3. Whenever I am told a joke like this, I always ask the person who told me whether they would still find it funny if the word “husband” was swapped for wife (or “man” for “woman” etc).

    Anyone who says to “lighten up” is missing the point.

    Comment by Darryl — Sun 1st October 2006 @ 12:01 pm

  4. What I found amusing was the innocence of the joke. A clash of culture and language, that left the assumptions entirely to the reader. The situation is the victim of the Gender Innuendo that we have created. Does swapping the Genders really change anything.

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Sun 1st October 2006 @ 5:25 pm

  5. My question is, why did the husband let a woman drive his car?

    Comment by menzsteve — Thu 19th October 2006 @ 11:42 pm

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