I was amused to read a joke somewhere wherein a conversation went on between a Police Officer and his subordinate a la the popular TV serial CID- Daya , kuchh pata chala ?
“Did you gather some information about the incident ?”
“Yes, Sir ! The woman shot her husband in the foot for walking on wet floor.”
“Why didn’t you arrest her ?”
“ Sir, the floor has not dried as yet !”
I am more or less also sailing in the same boat except that mercifully we do.not possess any such weapon. The lady of the house, a cleanliness buff or a freak also gets angry if such an incident comes to pass. I play it safe by stepping out and having a walk outside till she is done with all cleaning and mopping. In fact, she herself calls me out to prepare a second cup of morning tea for both of us.
Often she laments and complains about heavy domestic chores taking toll in the form of tiredness. But then habits die hard. No budging from the daily routine, come what may !
A caring, dutiful, and well meaning husband , that I can safely claim myself to be, I want to do my little bit but I avoid being confronted with the verbal tirades lke ‘ ye kya kar diya , sarey mein pani gira diya ….’
But do help her in my own way as when she is out for a short while, in her absence I do dishes and utensils like kadahi, pressure cooker , plates and bowls , not leaving anything in the sink. By the time she comes, everything is spick & span and in apple pie order and she cannot complain about anything.