A woman finds herself outside the Pearly Gates,
where she is greeted by St.Peter. "Am I where I think I am?" she
exclaims."It's so beautiful! Did I really make it to heaven?"
To which St. Peter replies, "Yes, my dear, these
are the Gates to Heaven. But you must do one thing before you can
Very excited, the woman asks what she must do to
pass through the gates.
"Spell a word," St. Peter replies.
"What word?" she asks.
"Any word," answers St. Peter. "It's your
The woman promptly replies, "The word I will
spell is love. L-o-v-e."
St. Peter congratulates her on her good fortune
of making it into Heaven and asks her if she will take his place at
the gates for a moment while he goes to the bathroom.
"I'd be honored," she says, "but what should I do
if someone comes while you are gone?"
St. Peter instructs her to require any newcomers
to spell a word, just as she had done.
So the woman takes St. Peter's chair and watches
the beautiful angels soaring around her, when lo and behold, a man
approaches the gates.
It is her husband!
"What happened?" she cries. "Why are you
Her husband explains, "I was so upset when I left
your funeral that I got into an automobile accident. Now I am
here, ready to join you in Heaven."
"Not just yet," the woman replies. "First
you must spell a word."
"What word?" he asks.