A large family of seven children moved to a new city. The parents didn't want to buy a home immediately, preferring to rent a townhouse until they could get a feel for the area and choose a home where their kids would be in good schools and they could be conveniently located. They found plenty of rental townhouses that were large enough, but the landlords always objected to having a family of nine occupy the place.

In frustration, one day the father asked the mother to take the four youngest children and go visit the local cemetery. She was puzzled by his request, but went along. He and the other three children headed off to investigate another townhouse they had found.

The place was perfect and the father told the landlord he would take it. Then came the usual question, "I see you have children. How many are there in the family?"

The minister gave out with a deep sigh, then said, "Seven -- but four are with their dear mother in the cemetery."

He got the townhouse.

(from Joke for Your Day)