Wife: “What are you doing?” Husband : Nothing.
Wife : “Nothing…? You’ve been reading our marriage certificate for an hour.”
Husband : “I was looking for the expiration date.”
Here is one more…
A little boy, at a wedding looks at his mom and says, “Mommy, why does the girl wear white?” His mom replies, “The bride is in white because she’s happy and this is the happiest day of her life.” The boy thinks about this, and then says, “Well then, why is the boy wearing black?”
The last one…
A little boy asked his father, “Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?” And the father replied, “I don’t know, son, I’m still paying for it.”
And we could go on and on and on with jokes on marriage/married couples. Google threw up 3,03,00,000 results (in just .43 seconds as it proudly claims), so we know there is no dearth of marriage jokes. But what makes these jokes so popular? A wise man once told me that jokes are oftentimes a humorous way to present reality. Is that really so?
In another 2 hours I will complete 6 full years of being married. And that’s possibly the reason I am thinking (& blogging) about this topic.While 6 years by no means is ‘too long’, I would like to believe that I have successfully survived (there I go again) the ‘too short’ period. Hence I believe I do have a right to comment on this institution called marriage!
I have cracked many a jokes about being married myself and most of my friends & colleagues can vouch for that. That said, I do believe being married is fun (well, at least most of the times)…if (and only if) you are married to someone who have something in common with. Coz let’s face it, as much as you might love each other, spending a lifetime with someone requires more than just love. If I were to pick the one thing that works best & has worked for me (touchwood) – it’s about being able to talk to each other! With the busy lives we all lead today, sitting down to talk is a luxury in itself. Make time for it.
Which takes me to my next point…be helpful. The boundaries between what a woman should do, and what a man must are fading with every passing day. Gone are the days when a woman had to cook, clean, take care of the children, etc. etc. while the man earns the money. Women work just as hard (if not more) and so shouldn’t be expected to manage home/children alone. I don’t claim to be super-helpful at home (there is a chance my wife might read this blog, so I need to be honest), but I do help out in any way that I can (ordering food from outside for instance!).
Since people tend to remember only 3 points, let me come to my last point of wisdom…
Don’t fret about the burnt toast, ‘coz it will not kill you. I read this very interesting story a long time back which had the child ask his father why he didn’t scold mother for the burnt toast that she gave him. The father smiled and responded – because it will not kill me. Both wife & husband need to choose which battles to fight and which to ‘let go’. If we choose to, every day (may be every hour) will give us reasons to be upset with each other and fight. And then again, if we are flexible, give space to each other, and not fret the small stuff, those fights will far and few. (I haven’t yet discovered a technique to not have any altercations at all!)
Which reminds me of a joke I would like to close with:
There was once a couple celebrating their 75th marriage anniversary and word around was that this was the happiest couple that ever lived. When the man’s friends (& grand children) asked him for the secret behind this, he shared a story, something that had happened when they had gone to the hills for their honeymoon.
They were both riding on horses, when the horse that the wife was on tripped and stumbled. The wife said aloud, “One!” While this surprised the husband, he ignored it. A short while later the horse stumbled again, and this time the wife said “Two!” The man was now curious and decided to ask the wife the next time she called out a number. The next minute the horse tripped again, and the wife getting off the horse this time, shouted “THREE!” Saying this, she pulled out a gun from her bag and before the husband could react shot the horse dead. The husband was shocked. He looked at her and said, “What the hell did you do? Have you gone mad? You just killed the animal in cold blood.”
The wife wiped the nozzle of her gun, looked at the husband and said “One!” And they lived happily ever after! 🙂