I am dying to tell you something, I said soon after my husband returned from the University where he was teaching Finance.
Can’t it wait until I freshen up, he said.
I am ready ,all ears to hear what the earth shaking news you are dying to tell, me , he said looking fresh after a wash.
You know I ran into an old ,old class mate of mine this morning .
Are you sure you were able to recognize this person ? asked he with his usual quizzical expression.
Yes, for once, I did, He hadn’t changed much in the past few decades , in fact continues to look boyish and handsome, I said.
But there is something that he said amused me no end. When I asked him about his family , he said he was still a bachelor and has decided to remain one .
What is so amusing about it? said my husband.
You will laugh if you hear the reasons for his decision.
Let me repeat how our conversation went, I said trying to recall every bit.
Why didn’t you marry? I had asked.
Well, if I had got married my troubles would have doubled.
Why do you think so?
See if I marry a beautiful woman, she might think I married her for her beauty.
What if you married a plain woman?
Then she may have a complex about herself.
Then if my wife comes from a middle class family, she would expect me to provide all the luxuries which I may not be able to afford.
What if she hails from a well to do family?
Then she will not care for me,even try to dominate me and I will lose my independence.
Then we might have a couple of children.She would insist on bringing them up in her own way and I may not approve of it.This will result in a lot of disagreements and quarrels.
Didn’t you tell him that whatever he said is part of every marriage,? Butted in my husband.
Yes I did but he didn’t appear convinced.
Wise fellow. I appreciate his decision.Have you not heard the saying needles and pins needles and pins, when a man marries his trouble begins ,’’ quipped my husband.