Any news? I asked my husband soon after he returned from his morning walk in the park.
Plenty, was his clipped reply.
Interesting? I said imitating him.
I’m afraid not, he said looking amused.
I am really dying to know,I prompted.
O.K. I won’t keep you guessing.You always think my tribe especially in the seventy plus bracket are hard of hearing, don’t you? he asked coming straight to the point.
Although it sounded more like an accusation to me, I nodded.
You are also of the opinion that spouses are necessarily younger than their husbands by a few years, if not more, he reminded.
Yes, again, however there may be some exceptions. So what are you driving at? I said not knowing what he would say next.
So according to you the husband should be hard of hearing and not the wife as she has the benefit of being younger than him, he reiterated.
You don’t have to repeat as I am intelligent enough to get your point, I asserted.
Ah, now what I am going to tell you might change your opinion and you might stop men bashing, he teased.
You know I am not a Feminist with a prejudiced mind, I reminded.
Probably on the way of becoming one, he taunted. Anyway, here is the news you are dying to know. I met a few men in the park who all appeared to have a ‘common problem’ and realized they were all sailing in the same boat, he said sounding sympathetic.
Count your blessings, I quipped.
n.meera raghavendra rao