The World’s Shortest Story With Happy Ending
December 28, 2011 15 Comments
I can’t quite recall where I read this one or who told me – the world’s shortest story with happy ending! Before ‘penning’ it down, I googled to see if it turns up so I could credit the source appropriately or if there are other contenders for the honor.
One that kept coming up was the familiar:
Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl ‘Will you marry me?’
The girl said, ‘NO!’
So… they lived happily ever after.
Another one, playing on the same theme:
Some people ask the secret of our long marriage…
We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week…
A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing…
She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays…
I’m sure there may be others out there I’ve failed to spot.
Also the one that I had heard did not pop up. Here it is:
Asked for the shortest story with happy ending, a Zen master responded with:
‘He died. His son died. His son died.’
There are three endings in the story!
And making it morbid three times over, I thought.
Well, how then are they happy endings?
The master had explained this was the happiest ending ever possible. Any different ending would not be a happy one.
It meant a son dying before his father’s time.
I did not argue. Of course you may.