A husband and wife came for counseling after 15 years of marriage. When
asked what the problem was, the wife went into a passionate, painful tirade
listing every problem they had ever had in the 15 years they had been married.
She went on and on and on; neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness,
loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of un-met
needs she had endured over the course of their marriage.
Finally, after allowing this to go on for a sufficient length of time, the
therapist got up, walked around the desk and, after asking the wife to
stand, embraced and kissed her passionately. The woman shut up and quietly
sat down as though in a daze.
The therapist turned to the husband and said, 'This is what your wife needs
at least three times a week. Can you do this?'
The husband thought for a moment and replied,.. 'Well, I can drop her off
here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I fish.'