The ungrateful wife
The wife came home early and found her husband in their bedroom making Love to a very attractive young woman. And was somewhat upset.
“You are a disrespectful pig!” she cried. “How dare you do this to me –faithful wife, the mother of your children! I’m leaving you. I want a divorce!
And the husband replied “Hang on just a minute love, so at least I can tell you what happened.”
“Fine, go ahead,” she sobbed, “but they’ll be the last words you’ll say to me!”
And the husband began — “Well, I was getting into the car to drive home and this young lady here asked me for a lift. She looked so down and out and defenseless that I took pity on her and let her into the car. I noticed that she was very thin, not well dressed and very dirty. She told me that she hadn’t eaten for three days! So, in my compassion, I brought her home and warmed up the enchiladas I made for you last night, the ones you wouldn’t eat because you’re afraid you’ll put on weight. The poor thing devoured them in moments.
Since she needed a good clean up I suggested a shower, and while she was doing that I noticed her clothes were dirty and full of holes so I threw them away. Then, as she needed clothes, I gave her the designer jeans that you have had for a few years, but don’t use because you say they are too tight. I also gave her the underwear that was your anniversary present, which you don’t use because I don’t have good taste. I found the sexy blouse my sister gave you for Christmas that you don’t use just to annoy her, and I also donated those boots you bought at the expensive boutique and don’t use because someone at work has a pair the same.”
The husband took a quick breath and continued – “She was so grateful for my understanding and help and as I walked her to the door she turned to me with tears in her eyes and said, Please … do you have anything else that your wife doesn’t use?”
This was meant to be one of those things people read as a joke. I didn’t see it that way. I saw it as a reality, one I’ve witnessed time and time again as I’ve watched relationships fall apart, and maybe more people should open their eyes. It takes two to make a relationship work. If you’re not one of the ones trying to make it work, chances are that someone else is trying to be that second person.
Don’t be an ungrateful wife (or husband or significant other or whatever). Little things mean so much. The lack of those little things may mean even more. A little effort goes a long way, but there comes a time when no amount of effort can undo the hurt you’ve caused. Don’t get pissed if you’re not taking care of your business and you find out someone else appreciates what you have neglected. Own your shit and take care of it. If you don’t, someone else will. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Just sayin’.