They say opposites attract, which makes them stay happy with practised conciliation and compromise. Married couples especially weather all kinds of storms which threaten a “happy married life”.
I know of a couple who hopelessly fell in love and after a long courtship made the “fatal leap” only to find themselves tangled in the web of realities. Trouble started in their little bathroom.The young man always left the toothpaste tube uncapped and sometimes the paste flowed into the washbasin. This unfailingly irritated his wife. In spite of her repeated warnings and dire “threats” of denying him his favourite idlis, the guy remained as lazy as ever.
The wife had reminded him that they didn’t have a domestic help and that she had to perform all of the cleaning.
Gradually, the brash husband turned to tapping cigarette ash on the basin and dropping the stubs in the commode. The religious wife went on praying for her “erring” but loving husband but it didn’t help to lessen her “ordeal”. She threatened to quit her good job and remain home to clean the now notorious bath. This, too, didn’t work and the guy remained unmindful of the pitiable pleadings of his sweetheart.
Things came to a head when the wife filed a divorce suit. By this time the husband too got highly irritated and was ready for a separation. They mutually came to an agreement and the six-month-old marital bliss came to a sudden end. The wife later confessed that they were poles apart and shouldn’t have gotten married at all.
There is this even more interesting story of a man and wife who always stood at opposite angles. One loved music and the other said he didn’t like any wailing in their house. The wife always wanted to start the day listening to MS’s sweet voice whereas the rough and rugged husband always wanted to switch on heavy metal to keep himself active and cultivate a six pack.
My better half is always eager to attend the early morning mass at the nearby church, though it disturbs my morning bliss. Even at night, she would go on praying till around midnight before taking a bath. She “spoilt” my breakfast by not serving my favourite sambar and presenting cursed chutney with the not-too-soft idlis. But I’m sure she loves me with her heart and soul. I know a man who is a wrestling fan while his wife ardently listens to Yesudas and Manjari! But they are hand in hand at every public function.
Strange indeed are the ways of the world and that of husbands and wives who at the end of the day become lovebirds. Life is beautiful and love is a many-splendoured thing whose course we can change and direct as we like it!