Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The Language of Love

I went to visit a psychiatrist friend of mine the other day. As well as being a psychiatrist, in his spare time he is also a carpenter, a painter and decorator, as well as being a baker. As soon as I entered his insulting room he asked me to lie on the couch. I asked him why. After all, I was not there as a patient but to ask him to come and fix my car which was behaving rather oddly of late.

He said, "It's a new couch. I made it myself!"

I humoured him and lay on the couch. It was a bit wobbly because it had one leg shorter than the others. So he put a book by some fellow called Freud under the short leg. I asked him, "This looks an important book. Are you sure it's OK to put it under the couch?"

"Oh it's boring," he replied, "full of words and no pictures at all!"

He sat on his chair beside the couch and opened his notebook.

"What seems to be the problem?" I asked him from my supine position.

"My wife doesn't understand me," he said wistfully.

"Is it a personal marital problem?" I enquired.

"No ..." he said, "she is Greek and does not understand a word of Austrian!"

"But the language of love is international," I said trying to sound knowledgeable in the affairs of the heart.

"Not when she feeds you moussaka every day," he answered sadly, "I told her I don't like aubergines but she does not seem to understand!"

I said nothing for a while and wondered how the two of them had met. I asked him and he replied, "I was in Athens on holiday and met her at a small taverna. She was the local wrestling champion. After the meal I inadvertently broke a plate and she took that as a sign of amourous intent. Before I could say moussaka we were married!"

"I understand ..." I said, more as a token of sympathy rather than comprehension.

"Oh ... for a plate of rindsuppe," he sighed, "or gulasch, followed by a big slice of apfelstrudel. But instead, it's moussaka every day!"

"But surely you can reason with her," I suggested.

"I do ..." he said, "but she always beats me at arm wrestling. So moussaka it is once more!"

At this point a large woman entered the room and spoke in a language I did not understand. It was all Greek to me. She had a Greek recipe book in her hand and showed my friend various delicacies such as stuffed vine leaves, youvarlakia, avgolemono and baklava. Before I could ask him what these foods were, he kissed his wife and the two of them left hurriedly the insulting room, leaving me lying down on the short-legged couch.

Ah ... the language of love!

16 comments:

  1. 'his insulting room'

    now THAT'S funny! i have a feeling i'll be remembering that line as i meet with clients tomorrow, Victor ...

    ;-}

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    1. That's exactly what doctors do in their insulting rooms. They look at you and say, "Now that's funny!"

      God bless you, Linda.

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  2. Ahhh... the language of love! LOL

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  3. Greece … been there, done that (sort of). Happy to be home.

    Not sure where or how to drop 'insulting room' into a future conversation, but that's precious!

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    1. So glad you liked my humour, Mevely. I went to the psychiatrist and told him every one keeps ignoring me. He replied "Next!"

      God bless.

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  4. OH, Victor! "Insulting Room" priceless!
    Blessings!

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  5. It's a great language, except my first wife was deaf, the second didn't like my accent. Mrs. C and I currently both understand it pretty well.

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    1. Often the language of love is difficult to understand, JoeH. It takes practice.

      God bless you and your wife.

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  6. The insulting room is full of surprises it seems. :)

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    1. Yes Bill. My doctor always says, "Oh ... not you again you malingering hypochondriac!" I said to him, "I came for a second opinion." He replied, "You're ugly too!"

      God bless.

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  7. Yes, I love your term "insulting room," Victor. Sometimes that's how it feels when one visits the doctor, unfortunately. Glad true love won out!
    Blessings!

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    1. Doctors often make one feel small and insignificant. Which in my case happens to be true; but do they have to make it so obvious?

      God bless you, Martha.

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  8. A carpenter and a wobbly couch - the first clue.
    I just love this silly story, Victor :)

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    1. Thank you Chris. I find silly stories keep me amused. They just come to mind and I have to write them down quickly.

      God bless you.

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