Vow of Silence

A man joins a monastery and takes a vow of silence.

He is allowed to speak 2 words once a year to the head monk.
He struggles through the first year of silence,
then dutifully lines up to utter his 2 words.
“Food bad” he says.
He receives his blessing then goes off for another year of silence.
At the end of the 2nd year he lines up again.
And says “bed hard”.
Again he receives his blessing in silence and begins his 3rd year.
At the end of the year he lines up again and this time says,
“I quit”.
The head monk throws up his hands and says .
“It’s about time.
All you’ve done since you’ve been here is
complain, complain, complain!”

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