Once upon a time, there was a young woman who was facing difficulties in her marriage with her husband. The spark, which they had once shared, had completely vanished and she and her husband quarrelled nearly every day about everything. Their most recent quarrel had him stomp off in annoyance for a business trip from which he swore he would not return from in a hurry.
Too miserable to go to work that day, she called in sick and decided to go to a recreational park not far from her home to brood. On getting there the tears began to fall again.
“Mind if I seat beside you?”
Startled out of her stupor, she apologised and quickly made room on the bench for the elderly woman who had made the request.
“So, what are you so troubled about young lady? And don’t tell me you are fine, it is pretty obvious that you are not.” The woman said.
She hesitated. Then decided to speak up; after all she had nothing to lose.
“My marriage is in trouble.” She said.
“Hmm… go on.” The woman encouraged.
And so she spoke, telling her all her problems. The woman listened without interruptions.
When she had finished,the elderly lady was silent for a while. The young woman waited patiently thinking that in a matter of seconds the aged granny will soon be spewing out words of wisdom and advice.
“Let us go to your house.” The old woman said.
“Excuse me?” She said in surprise.
“You heard me well. I said let us go to your house.”
Confused she got to her feet and followed the old woman who was already up and on her way.
They got to the house and she opened the door and stepped back to allow the woman in. On their way here she had had to pinch herself once or twice to assure herself that she wasn’t dreaming.
“Take me to your bedroom.” The old woman instructed.
The young lady paused for a second. She couldn’t just take a perfect stranger to her bedroom… but by this time she was curious to the point of wanting to see where all this was going.
She opened the door to her bedroom and the woman barely took two steps into the room before speaking up:
“There is the problem.” She said.
“What? What is it?” The young lady asked.
She peered in to the room herself but couldn’t see a single thing that could be considered wrong or out of place.
“That.” The old woman pointed.
She followed the old woman finger.
“Our bed? What is wrong with our bed?” She asked in bewilderment.
“But why? What is wrong with?” She asked in dismay.
“It is the cause of your marital problems.” The old woman said.
“Do you want to fix your marriage or not young lady?”
“What are we going sleep on if I sell it?”
“That is what I been expecting you ask me.” The old woman replied.
Instantly she rattled off the specifications of the type of bed she wanted her to get.
“There, now that we have sorted you out. Can I get a glass of water?” The old lady asked.
Still feeling like Alice in wonderland, she escorted the old woman back to the parlour then went into the kitchen to get her a glass of water.
The woman drank it, then stood up from her seat and made her way to the entrance.
“I’ll see around dear.”She said.
And with that she left.