Check Mates

Moshe and his friends Abe, Max and Nathan meet for a coffee – as they do every Monday. They sit down and Moshe starts to discuss the importance of regular medical check-ups. He asks his friends, “So when did you all last have a medical?”

All reply it was years ago.

So Moshe tells them of Doctor Maybaum, a wonderful doctor he went to and who gave him the best examination he’s ever had. He suggests they each contact Doctor Maybaum and book a check-up ASAP.

They agree to do so and take down the doctor’s phone number.

The following Monday, Moshe asks his friends, “Nu, how went the medicals?”

“After my check-up,” says Abe, “Doctor Maybaum asked me how old I was. I said I was 70 and he said I could expect to live another 30 years. I was so relieved and happy to hear that.”

“After my check-up,” says Max, “Doctor Maybaum also asked me how old I was. When I said I was 80 he said I could expect to live another 20 years. You can’t believe how fantastic it was for an 80-year-old to hear that.”

Nathan is looking very sad and doesn’t say anything at first.

But Moshe eventually persuades him to discuss how his medical went.

“Being older than all of you,” says Nathan, “I have been loath to see a doctor. But when Moshe told us of Doctor Maybaum, I reluctantly booked to see him.

“After my check-up, the doctor asked me how old I was. When I said I was 90, he looked at me and said, ‘Have a nice day.'”

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