Surprised at hubby envincing interest in my club activities, I said, “Oh, if went off very well, in fact, much better than I expected.”
“Could they answer all your questions right?” he asked.
“Yes, they could give the correct answers for most of them,” I said, feeling encouraged by his curiosity.
“Then your questions must have been of the moron variety,” he teased.
“How dare you underestimate the IQ of the fair sex?” I shot back angrily.
Calm down, darling. I am sure all the ladies enjoyed swallowing a dose of their own medicine, hubby remarked.
Puzzled by his words, I wanted to know what he meant.
“See, you even fail to understand a simple expression like that. It only means the roles have been reversed for once,” he tried to explain.
“What roles,” I asked, still puzzled. “Well, it is always one-sided, is it not? You people ask us inconvenient questions day in and day out and we answer whether we like it or not.” Hubby’s explanation sounded more like an accusation.
Though I could see some truth in his stalement, I didn’t want to betray my sex.
“OK. If you think you are at the answering end all the time, why don’t you ask me some questions for a change?” I said to provoke him.
Hubby suddenly sat up and appeared to welcome the idea.
“Are you ready? Here we go.”
What does a wife do from morning to night?
“Look after a cranky husband and a couple of mischievous children,” I said.
“OK, no points there.”
“What does a wife do on the first of every month?” he asked.
“She prepares the budget for the month,” I said.
“No points again. Here is the third question.”
“What does a wife do when she loses an agrument?”
“Admit that she has lost it.” I said.
“No points again, you lose on all the three answers,” taunted hubby.
“All right. Why don’t you give me the correct answers,” I prompted.
“Well, the answers are: A wife nags her husband from morning till night. She steals her husband’s pay packet from his pouch on the first of every month and, finally, she sulks when she loses an argument, said hubby.
“I must admit that you have a marvellous IQ, and seem to know our tribe more than we ourselves do ” I said, and asked innocently, “Will the answers be the same if the roles are interchanged –say ,a working wife and a retired husband?
“Yes, of course.” The words came out before he realised what they implied.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao