An elderly couple had a happy marriage and what made it so very good was that they had invented a phrase to describe the act of love, so that there was never any vulgarity in their talk. Their metaphor for the act of love was “Doing the Laundry.”
One day when Cora Jean, the wife, was vacuuming the living room, Tom Sam, the husband, was watching her with great interest. She was bending over to get dirt from the corners of the room, and stretching up to get dust from the tall lamps. Tom Sam was watching with great interest.
Then Tom Sam said to Cora Jean, “Darling, how about if we do a little laundry?”
Cora Jean said, with reluctance, “Sweetheart, I just have to get this house ready for our guests this weekend.” So then she continued her cleaning, and Tom Sam went off about his business.
That night when they went to bed, Cora Jean said, “Sweetheart, what about that laundry you mentioned earlier?”
To which Tom Sam said, “Darling, I just had a small load, so I decided to do it by hand.”