“If I know what love is, it is because of you.”
– Pearl Bailey
By Karl Fuchs
Two Jewish gentlemen were seated together on a plane. They had been in the air for 30 minutes when the younger man asked the other if he had the time.
There was no answer. “Can you tell me the time please?”
Again there was no answer and the younger man detected some kind of deliberate resistance.
The aircraft was on its descent path when the older man quickly looked at his watch and said it was ten past three.
There was silence for a while before the young man said, “Why didn’t you tell me the time earlier?”
“Well, you know what it is like on flights. People get talking to each other. We could become friendly, especially when we are both Jewish. I would be obliged to invite you home. I have a lovely daughter and you are a young man, quite handsome. Romance could blossom and before long you could be asking for her hand in marriage. And to put it bluntly, I don’t want a son-in-law who hasn’t got a watch.”