A man and his wife, who’ve been married for several years, are having a spat. They’re both giving each other the silent treatment and haven’t said a word to one another for more than a week.
Late one evening, the man realizes that he needs to get up early the next morning to catch a plane for a business trip, and the alarm clock is on his wife’s side of the bed.
Not wanting to ask his wife to set the clock (and lose the silent treatment fight), he writes her a note, “Please wake me up at 5 am tomorrow morning.” Satisfied with this approach, he hands her the note and heads off to bed.
The next morning, the man wakes up on his own. He looks over at the clock and is shocked to see that it’s 9 am — he’s overslept and missed his flight! Furious, he gets ready to berate his wife… when he notices a note on her pillow.
Curious, he picks up the note and reads:
“It’s 5 am. Wake up.”