Broken it gradually

A man takes a 4 day business trip and has his brother to watch his cat.

A man takes a 4 day business trip and has his brother to watch his cat. Each day he calls home and asks how his cat is. Each day his brother says everything is fine.

When the man returns from his trip, his brother is waiting by the door.

"How's my cat?" the man asks.

His brother replies, "I'm sorry, but you cat died right after you left."

The man is devastated, "How come you told me everything was fine each day?"

His brother replies, "I didn't want you to feel bad so i lied."

The man shakes his head, "Well you could have broken it to me gradually."

"How?", his brother asks.

"The first time i called you could have said, he's up on the roof and we can't get him down. The second time I called you could have said you got him down but he is sick now. The third time I called you could have said, he was still sick so you took him to the vet and they are keeping him there. And when I came home today you could have said that the vet did all he could but your cat passed away this morning."

The man's brother says, "I'm sorry, you're right that is a better way of breaking the news, will you forgive me?"

The man replies, "Of course i will, and thank you for apologizing. Anyways, how's Dad?"

"He's fine." his brother says.

"How's Mom?" the man asks.

"She's up on the roof and we can't get her down..."

By: Peter Hoffman

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