You know while on my morning walk I came across a couple who appeared unusual, I said while we were having breakfast.
I am sure you would have had a word with them, he said with his usual sarcasm.
No, I didn’t and you very well know I don’t strike a conversation with total strangers, I shot back.
O.K. tell me why you think they look out of the ordinary, he asked.
Well, in many ways. For instance, I noticed the wife was taller than her husband.
Perhaps healthier too? ( he used euphemisms in order not to offend people)
Yes, (I stressed the word).
What else? He sounded really curious.
She appeared years older than her husband, I stated.
How can you be so certain? He asked.
You know women tend to age faster than men and it shows, I observed.
Did both have black hair? I mean that is dyed? He added.
I don’t think the need arose for the man because he was totally bald. And I think his wife didn’t believe in dying her hair, I said.
No wonder she looked older, he said.
Perhaps she believed in aging gracefully, wrinkles and all, I said in her defence.
They really are an unusual couple, he agreed. For all you know she may also be more qualified than him, he added.
Perhaps you are right, I said.
I am just imagining a situation where such couples are more the rule than an exception and how your tribe would react to it, I thought aloud.
There was a long pause and I couldn’t read his mind from his expression.
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