Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Couples Therapy

You and your wife walk into the office and sit self-consciously on opposite sides of the couch. The plank above the therapist's head reads: "The roles of love are possessing and providing"

You hadn't seen your father in such a long time; your mother said he died in the arms of his lover. She never married again and you feel you're up for the same sort of fate.

Your wife says that you're hypersensitive and you prove her right with your silence.

Where did your desire go? There used to be pleasure in bed with you. There used to be crosswords and chocolates. Now you feel like love is missing all the vowels.

Your wife is indignant and irritable. She says you're jealous and harmful. You wonder how she can just throw words around like that.

This therapist gets paid $105 an hour, sometimes it feels like a certain form of madess, but most of the time you just want him, "hmmming" at you and writing down his hypothesis for a few more hours.

You didn't have to go from school, straight to a job, to a wife, then to instant fatherhood. But you did and now you can't tell who is the beast and who's the tamer.

"You've cut each other's wings off and they'll never grow back if you keep neglecting each other's search for divinity of the soul," this therapist says, then stands, "Time's up for today."


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This is provocative and interesting. Add kids to the mix and things will really take off.

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