It Need Not be Her


While blaming others few of us realize that the shoe is actually on the other foot

A friend of mine called me desperately about a month ago, “You’ve got to help me Bob!” he pleaded, “My wife has started becoming very cold to me. I suspect she is having an affair with her boss. He’s a very moneyed man, and I am sure he has won the affection of my partner!”

With a heavy heart I spoke to the wife, “Bob,” she said looking at me with tears in her eyes. “I don’t understand why he’s blaming me. For the last few years of our married life, he comes home from his job, ignores my greeting, shakes off my hug, stretches himself on the cot and gets up just before dinner, eats his food and goes to sleep. So I decided I would stop trying to hug or greet him when he comes home!”

I laughed and thought of another story:

A man feared his wife wasn’t hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family doctor to discuss the problem. The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.

“Here’s what you do,” said the Doctor, “stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.”

That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was in the hall. He says to himself, “I’m about 40 feet away, let’s see what happens.” Then in a normal tone he asks, ‘Laila, what’s for dinner?”

No response.

So the husband moves to closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeats, “Laila, what’s for dinner?”

Still no response

Next he moves into the dining room where he is twenty feet away from his wife, and says, “Laila, what’s for dinner?”

Again he gets no response so he walks up to the kitchen door just ten feet short from where his wife is standing and asks, “Laila what’s for dinner?”

Again there is no response.

So he walks right up behind her and asks, “Laila what’s for dinner?”

Laila shouts back at him, “Sameer for the fifth time I am telling you, we are having fish for dinner!”

How easy it is, isn’t it, to feel that others have a problem when it could be you!

Clarion India - News, Views and Insights about Indian Muslims, Dalits, Minorities, Women and Other Marginalised and Dispossessed Communities.


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