Sunday, July 8, 2012

The ideal husband

Someone forwarded a story to me yesterday. When I read it, I really had a good laugh. So I thought I'd share it with you today. Otherwise, I'd have to blog in detail about what I did today, and I really didn't do much except get a much-needed set of ayurveda treatments at the Arogya Ayurveda Center in Makati and start a new book on life with the great Pablo Picasso, written by Francoise Gilot, an artist who lived with him for over ten years.

Picasso lived with and loved many women -- sometimes several at a time. He was a difficult man to have any sort of relationship with, but his presence in a woman's life was so overpowering that almost all his women found it impossible to leave him, even if he was actually a crushing force on them.


From Life Magazine

The exception was Francoise Gilot, who met Picasso as a young woman and had two children with him -- one of them is the designer Paloma Picasso. After over ten years of love and turmoil, she finally found the courage and determination to leave him.

Pablo Picasso never forgave her for being the one to leave him. He was just not used to being the one left behind. But it was the best decision she probably made, and what a wonderful and productive life she led after leaving him and recovering from him.

Francoise Gilot by Pablo Picasso

Anyway, Francoise Gilot experienced all the amazing ups and terrible downs of his completely complicated life and personality -- an emotionally disfiguring experience that's certainly something I wouldn't wish on any woman.

Everyone wants stability and consistency in a relationship, and the mercurial Picasso was just not relationship material. It took Francoise years to recover from him, and I think she only was able to finally do so by sheer internal strength.


So I bought this book on holiday in Malaga, Spain last year, and it's only today that I found the time to start reading it. I had to finish a couple of other books first, you see, as I never start a new book until I finish the one I'm currently reading.

A complete turn-around from Pablo Picasso is the husband described in the story below. I don't know whether to call him good or not. But the friend who sent it to me entitled the email: The Ideal Husband. You be the judge.


Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A cell phone on a bench rings and a man picks it up, puts it on the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen to his conversation on speaker phone.

MAN:    "Hello?"
WOMAN:  "Hi honey, it's me. Are you at the club?"
MAN:    "Yes."
WOMAN:  "I'm at a shop now and I found this beautiful leather coat. It's only £2000. Is it okay if I buy it?"

MAN:    "Sure, go ahead. If you like it that much."
WOMAN:  "Oh, and I also stopped by the Lexus dealer on the way here and I saw the new models. I saw one I really liked."
MAN:    "How much?"
WOMAN:  "£50,000."

MAN:    "Okay. But for that price I want it loaded with all the options."
WOMAN:  "Great. Oh and one more thing. I was just talking to Jane, and she told me that the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They're asking £580,000 for it."
MAN:    "Well then go ahead and make an offer of £500,000. They'll probably take it. If not, we can go the extra £80000 if it's what you really want."

WOMAN:  "Okay. I'll see you later! I love you so much!"
MAN:    "'Bye! I love you too."

The man hangs up.  By then, the other men in the locker room are staring at him in complete astonishment, mouths wide open. He then slowly turns to them and asks:  "Anyone know whose phone this is?"

Best wishes for a great Sunday evening, from all of us at Travelife Magazine, the Philippines' leading travel & lifestyle magazine.


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