A woman was in town on a shopping trip.
She began her day finding the most perfect shoes in the first shop and a beautiful dress on sale in the second.
In the third everything had just been reduced to five dollars when her mobile phone rang.
It was a female doctor, notifying her that her husband had just been in a terrible accident, and he was in a critical condition and in the intensive care unit of the hospital.
The woman told the doctor to inform her husband where she was and that she would be there as soon as possible.
As the woman hung up the phone, she realized that she was leaving what was shaping up to be her best day ever in the shops. So, she decided to get in a couple of more stores before heading to the hospital to see her husband.
She ended up shopping the rest of the morning, finishing her trip with a cup of coffee and a beautiful cream slice, both complementary from the last shop, where she spent far more than she ought to have done.
She was jubilant, but then she remembered her husband.
Feeling really guilty, she dashed off to the hospital.
She saw the doctor in the corridor and asked about her husband’s condition.
The lady doctor glared at her and shouted, “You went ahead and finished your shopping trip didn’t you! I hope you are proud of yourself! While you were out for the past four hours enjoying yourself in town, your husband has been languishing in the Intensive Care Unit!”
The lady doctor continued, “It’s just as well you went ahead and finished, because it will more than likely be the last shopping trip you ever take! For the rest of his life he will require round the clock care. And you will now be his carer!'”
The woman was feeling so guilty, she broke down and sobbed…
The lady doctor then chuckled and said, “I’m just pulling your leg. He’s dead. What did you buy?”
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