16-2013 Fact of life

Does this story sound familiar to you ?

A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor’s office. After his check-up, the doctor called the wife into his office alone. He said grimly “Your husband is suffering from a severe stress disorder. If you do not follow my instructions carefully, he will die.” And then, he continued : “Each morning, fix him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant at all times. For lunch, make him a tasty meal. For dinner, prepare something he likes much. Don’t burden him with chores. Do not nag him. It will only make his stress worse. Most importantly, make love to him regularly.” He concluded : “If you can do this for the next 10 months or a year, your husband will recover completely.”

On the way home, the husband asked his wife “What did the doctor say ?” “Nothing”, said the wife, “he said you are going to die”.

(This story appeared in the Kathmandu Post, 2013-07-08)


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