I think she’s deaf

When I came back from Ukraine I experienced a sinus infection that led to a very unpleasant experience on the flight from Dulles Airport to DFW. My left ear “popped” and never seemed to clear up. So for the past couple of weeks I’ve been plugged up in my left ear. (I’ve since discovered I have a blood clot covering my ear drum–not to worry, my Ear Specialist tells me it will eventually come off. Uhmm, the clot, that is)

Naturally, my experience reminded me of a story.

A man is visiting his doctor and he mentions his concern about his wife’s hearing.

“Doc, I think she’s going deaf. Is there any way I can check her hearing without upsetting her?”

“Certainly. What is she doing when you come home from work?”

“Well, she’s usually in the kitchen washing up dishes and getting supper ready.”

“Great. Stop at the kitchen door and ask her a question. If she doesn’t answer, step in closer and ask her again. If she still doesn’t answer step closer. When she does answer note how far you are away from her. Then talk with me the next time you come in.”

“Wonderful idea! I’ll try it,” the man says.

The next evening he comes home to see his wife, her back to him, at the kitchen sink washing dishes.

“Hey hon, what’s for dinner?”

He hears no reply.

He steps a few feet into the kitchen. “Hey hon, what’s for dinner?”

Still nothing.

He steps in half way between the door and the sink.

“Hey hon, what’s for dinner?”

The silence is deafening.

Finally, he stands a foot behind her and says, “Hey hon, what’s for dinner?”

She whips around and screams, “For the fourth time I said ‘Pot Roast!'”

Hmm. Now there’s a point in that story–such a jolly good story should have one, you know. So why don’t you share what you think the story is saying?

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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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One Response to I think she’s deaf

  1. Nancy says:

    I certainly got the humour in the story that came first for me. What is the story saying?
    If a person is looking for an answer from someone it is possible the person has been giving it, but we are not receiving it. Also, maybe the story is saying if you sense a problem with someone you care about find a means to solve it.

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