The Monk

A young man enters the service to the church and begins training as a monk in a very strict order of monks. In this order, monks in training are not allowed to speak but two words for every 10 years that they are there. After his first 10 years there at the Monastery, the monk was brought before the Elders. The Chief Elder said to him, “Well done my son! You have been here your first 10 years without speaking and you have earned the privilege of uttering two words. What do you have to say?”

The monk says “Room’s cold.” The Chief Elder says “Very well.” and the monk returns to his duties. Another 10 years goes by and the monk is again brought before the Elders and again the Chief Elder says to the monk “Your faithfulness is remarkable. Again, you have gone 10 years without speaking and you have earned the privilege of uttering two words. What do you have to say my son?”

The monk says, “Food sucks.” “Very well.” Replies the Chief Elder and the monk again returns to his duties. Another 10 years goes by and a third time, the monk is brought before the Elders. The Chief Elder says “You have again done well my son and you have earned the privilege of uttering another two words. What do you have to say?”

The monk says, “I’m leaving.” The Chief Elder replies saying, “You may as well. You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here.”

 

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