An elderly couple was having dinner one evening when the husband reached
across the table, took his wife's hand in his and said, "Martha ... soon
we will be married 50 years, and there's something I have to know. In all
of these 50 years have you ever been unfaithful to me?"

Martha replied, "Well Henry, I have to be honest with you. Yes, I've been
unfaithful to you three times during these 50 years, but always for a
good reason."

Henry was obviously hurt by his wife's confession, but said, "I never
suspected. Can you tell me what you mean by good reasons?"

Martha said, "The first time was shortly after we were married, and we
were about to lose our little house, because we couldn't pay the mortgage.
Do you remember that one evening I went to see the banker, and the next
day he notified you that the loan would be extended?"

Henry recalled the visit to the banker and said, "I can forgive you for
that. You saved our home. But, what about the second time?"

Martha asked, "And do you remember when you were so sick, but we didn't
have the money to pay for the heart surgery you needed? Well, I went
to see your doctor one night, and, if you recall, he did the surgery at no

"I recall that," said Henry "and, you did it to save my life. So, of
course, I can forgive you for that. Now, tell me about the third time."

"Alright," Martha said, "do you remember when you ran for president of
your golf association and, you needed 73 more votes?