During a hectic day in the court of King Solomon, two middle-aged women came rushing into the throne room demanding the king’s attention. In their clutches was a handsome young man wearing a nice suit.
The first woman said, “Your Highness, this young CPA agreed to marry my daughter!”
“No!” interrupted the other woman. “He promised to marry my daughter!”
On and on they argued with one another, pulling and twisting the young man between them. King Solomon eventually tired of their banter and bellowed out for silence in his court. “Bring me my sword! In fact, bring me my biggest sword! I’ll cut the young accountant in two. That way, each of you can have half of him!”
“That sounds like a fine idea to me,” gruffed the first lady.
But the second woman said, “Sire, please don’t shed innocent blood. I would rather he marry her daughter than for him to die.”
“Agreed!” said the wise king without a moment’s hesitation. “He must marry the first woman’s daughter.”
But members of the king’s court responded in gasps, “My Lord, that woman was willing to hack him in two!”
“Exactly!” said King Solomon. “That proves she’s the real mother-in-law.”
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(Resource cataloged by David R Smith)