A young couple were having their first child together, and both of them were extremely excited. However, the husband absolutely refused to be in the room with his wife while the actual birth was taking place.
“There’s no way you can get me in there,” he would always say. “I don’t know why husbands are expected to even be there during the birth, it’s not like we contribute in any way. And besides, I don’t want to see.. all THAT going on down there.”
The wife thought her husband was being immature, and she pleaded and argued with him all the time. Eventually, she managed to convince him to be there for her.
“But I’m still not going to look,” he said. “I’ll be there, I’ll hold your hand, but there is no way I’m taking a peak.”
“Fine,” said the woman.
The day of the birth finally arrives, everything is on time and the baby and mother seem perfectly healthy. The husband sits in the corner of the room with a sullen look on his face.
He promised to be there for her, but now he was so cold and distant that he might as well have been in a separate room. This was supposed to be the best day of their lives and he was just being a huge grouch!
But the wife knew what to do to get back at him. She smiled to herself, and waited to exact her revenge.
The birth finally took place. It went relatively easily even though the wife was in a huge amount of pain. The doctors and nurses helped tremendously with their kind and encouraging words, while the husband just sat silently, clutching at her hand, turning his head away from his wife.
Finally, the time came when both parents could see the baby. Of course, now the husband wanted a peak, now he was excited, even though he wanted nothing to do with the actual birth.
So when the mother held the small baby boy in her arms, she started commenting on its features. “Look at that, he has your nose!” said the wife.
“And he has your beautiful eyes!” said the husband.
The nurses and doctors were still nearby, and the woman said, “Wow, our baby actually looks SO MUCH like you.” Then she uncovered the baby’s towel slightly and glanced down. “He even has your pecker, same size and everything!”
There was a moment of awkward silence. The husband’s face went bright red as the nurses and doctors struggled not to laugh. He looked his wife in the eye, smiled, and started to laugh.
After talking to his wife about why she said what she did, the husband learned a valuable lesson – supporting your spouse doesn’t just mean supporting them through the easy stuff. It means being there, really being there, during the hard times too.
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