Friday, April 12, 2013


                     A sick man was brought to a hospital by his pestering wife. She was very dominating and talkative. The doctor examined the patient in detail. But the wife was a constant disturbance, annoying him by her persistent pestering. Finally the doctor told the man, "You badly need some rest. I shall prescribe a sedative drug (sleeping pill). Give it to your wife."
                     Marital partners  have equal rights and responsibilities to make their family a heaven of happiness. But pestering partners often make it a hell of horror. The  attitudes and actions of marital partners should be complementary and not contradictory. They should render hearty support to each other even during disappointment, disability, discomfort, distress, disease or disaster.                    
                     Dave Meurer said, "A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences." Euripides (484 BC-406 BC) said, "Man's best possession is a sympathetic wife."
                     Socrates, the great Greek philosopher, had a nagging and quarrelsome wife, Xanthippe. One day she shouted furiously at Socrates and his friends. Finding no reaction, she got into a violent temper. She picked up a bucket full of washing water and poured it on the head of Socrates. He remarked with a smile, to his friends, "We know that a thunder will be followed by a rain!" Later, he advised a young man, "By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you will become happy. If you get a bad one, you will become a philosopher."
                     A recent cartoon depicted the most effective seat belt  for a husband driving with his wife in the other seat in the front. It effectively covers the wife's mouth while supporting him. Its advantage  is that it lets him drive without her interference!
                     The teacher of biology in a school distributed plantlets to all the students with instructions to plant them near their home, look after the growing plants regularly and observe their condition every day. All the students except one reported that the plants were growing steadily. One student complained that his plantlets refused to grow. The teacher questioned him and discovered the reason. The boy was in the habit of examining the roots of the plants every day after pulling them out of the soil in order to assess the growth of the plants. Obviously, his idiotic over-enthusiasm had deprived the plant of an essential condition for steady growth - lack of disturbance!
                     Several families maintain peace  by surrendering to the dominance of the stronger partner. Real happiness results only when there is close co-operation and mutual respect between partners. Otherwise the better half becomes the bitter half. The ideal family is an image of heaven.

© By Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India, Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally, Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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