A woman died and found herself standing outside
the Pearly Gates, being
greeted by St. Peter. She asked him, "Oh, is this place what I really think
is? It's so beautiful. Did I really make it to
To which St. Peter replied, "Yes, my dear, these are the Gates to
you must do one more thing before you can
The woman was very excited, and asked of St. Peter what she must do
through the gates.
"Spell a word," St. Peter replied.
"What word?" she asked.
"Any word," answered St. Peter. "It's your
The woman promptly replied, "Then the word I will spell is love.
St. Peter congratulated her on her good
fortune to have made it to Heaven,
and asked her if she would mind taking his place at the gates for a few
minutes while he went to the bathroom. "I'd be honored," she said, "but
what should I
do if someone comes while you are gone?" St. Peter
reassured her, and instructed the woman simply have any newcomers
to the Pearly Gates to spell a word as she had
So the woman is left sitting in St. Peter's chair and watching the
angels soaring around her, when lo and behold, a man approaches the
she realizes it is her husband.
"What happened?" she cried, "Why are you
Her husband stared at her for a moment, then said, "I was so upset
left your funeral, I was in an accident. And now I am here? Did I really
To which the woman replied, "Not yet. You
must spell a word
"What word?" he
The woman responded, "Czechoslovakia."