My beloved was unhappy with me.
My beloved was unhappy with me for a completely unknown reason which probably contravenes all of the universally accepted laws of cause and effect.
All the little signs were there.
- The returning home kiss reciprocated, but reduced in time by 0.035 millisecond.
- The slight narrowing of her eyes whenever I get within 0.5 metre of the computer (otherwise know as "The Machine of Satan" or "Your Electronic Mistress" or in extremes "That bloody Machine")
- The slightly pursed lips whenever I mention my household repair and renovation schedule for the weekend. (Mowing the lawn, cleaning out the goldfish pond, killing all her flowers by mistaken addition of glyphosate to the fertiliser watering can etc)
- The longer than expected pause (0.5 - 1.6 seconds) before answering whenever I mention how late I'll be home from Nuova Lazio High.
Therefore it was my job to put right whatever manifestation or non-manifestation of my behaviour or non-behaviour which has caused the slight unhappiness in my beloved. (It gets a bit complicated when you really and truly don't know if you've done anything wrong. BUT I know better than to actually ask what the problem is. That way lies madness, despair, and possibly a long and heart-rending discussion on the status of the relationship, or even worse, the status of the "sex life")
"Fancy seeing a film at the weekend Dear?" I asked.
"What's on" was the reply. The reply didn't display a lot of enthusiasm, so I was probably on the wrong track.
"What about the King's Speech, or True Grit?" I said.
"Have you heard of any other film you might like to see my Dear?" I asked, dreading a response of "Love Birds" etc.
Then came the response I hadn't heard for a long time. Never in fact. Actually it was completely out of the blue.
"I don't enjoy sitting in a darkened room watching some big white screen" she said. "That's not what I'd call a good night out"
I was flabbergasted. I cannot count the number of films we've been to see together, plus I knew my beloved went out to see a film every week with her ladies' group.
This was more serious than I thought.
I asked the dreaded question. "What would you really like to do this weekend dear?"
The Ambeli restaurant in Wellington is expensive. The food is delicious, being a meld of Sicilian/Cypriot?Arab cuisine, and the service is impeccable. Friendly and cheerful, without being obsequious. Perhaps some of the sauces and vegetables are a little salty for our tastes, but still delicious. It is expensive, about $120 for a shared starter and a Mains each. No wine, I had to drive).
Fairy Stories at the Circa Theatre. A small cast, led by Sir Jon Trimmer, perform a medley of sketches, illustrating various fairy stories through mime, lip sync and dance. I won't say any more on this entertainment, except that I probably more enjoyed the amateur dramatic show I sat through last year. See entertainment .
Put another way, all of my sins had been atoned, and we were back to our normal levels of love and mutual commitment.
Until next time.
|Next time, we'll go and watch a Japanese girl team baseball match|