Many Happy Returns of the “Day before” greeted my husband early in the morning.
What day, are you talking about and what is this belated greeting for ? Have you forgotten that the day before was not my birthday? I said feeling disappointed at his forgetfulness.
I know that, I didn’t mean your birthday at all, he clarified.
Then what did you mean? It was not our wedding anniversary either, I said.
I know that too, he asserted.
Then what have you greeted me for ?I asked not able to understand the reason.
Try to guess? He quizzed.
Well, let me think. Even the International Women’s Day has gone by, I said after a long pause.
I knew you wouldn’t be able to guess, he observed with an air of pride.
O.K. tell me without trying my patience any more, I said and looked expectantly at him.
Just try to recollect all that has happened two days ago, he said.
Give me some time to do that, you know I am rather forgetful, I admitted.
Ah, I am happy you realized the fact, fortunately I am not as forgetful as you are, see, I remember all that has happened the day before, he reiterated.
Instead of testing my memory why don’t you tell me why you greeted me, that too for something which happened 48 hours ago, I entreated.
I greeted you for fooling so many of your friends who landed at our place having taken your invitation for dinner seriously, he said at last.
Oh, that, but it ended in an anticlimax, and it made a hole in your pocket, didn’t it? I still regret my foolish act, I said remorsefully.
No, I don’t think it was foolish at all! Courtesy demanded that I as your husband should appear magnanimous to impress all your friends, he replied candidly.
That still doesn’t explain the reason for greeting me, on the other hand I thought you would be mad at me for what I did, I said.
No, infact I am eagerly looking forward for the date next year, he quipped.
Readers, I am still at a loss to understand men! Coming to think of it I do because looking back , all my friends who landed at my door at my invitation were all my female friends!
n.meera raghavendra rao