A bachelor named Steve who lived at home with his mother and pet cat went on a
trip to Europe. Before he left, he told his best friend to inform him of any
emergencies. A few days after his departure, his cat climbed up on the roof,
fell off, and was killed. His friend immediately wired him with the message:
“Your cat died!”
In a few hours, Steve was back home, having cut his trip short in grief and in
anger at his friend. He told his friend, “Why didn’t you break the news to me
gradually? You know how close I was to my cat! You could have sent the message
‘Your cat climbed up on the roof today,’ and the next day you could’ve written
‘Your cat fell off the roof’ and let me down slowly that he died.”
After a quick memorial service, the bachelor left again to continue his trip.
A few days into his trip, he returns to his hotel and there’s a message waiting
for him from his friend.
The message read, “Your mother climbed up on the roof todayï¿½.