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Friday, 28 January 2011

The Jealous Husband: Stifling Heat

Written by  Sherri Mandell

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Mimi: Again you're doing this? Every single summer we go to my sister's house and every single summer I get the same jealous speech from you.

Carter: What do you mean I'm jealous?

Mimi: Even if I go to the grocery, you complain if I wear makeup. Honestly do you think I'm hot for the guy behind the deli?

Carter: Well I don't know why you had to buy three new skirts for the summer. Why do you have to dress up?

Mimi: I needed some new things. I hate having to justify my buying a new skirt. It's not like we can't afford it.

Carter: Yeah. And the reason we can afford it is because I stay home and work. So you and the kids can relax.

Mimi: I appreciate that. But it doesn't give you the right to harass me about every purchase I make.

Carter: Harass you?

Mimi: Yes, harass. I want to be with somebody who trusts me. I'm tired of your jealousy. It's juvenile. It's not attractive. You have no reason to worry.

Carter: You should be happy I care so much about you.

Mimi: It doesn't feel like "care."

Carter: It's only because I love you.

Mimi: Love is not calling me ten times a day to check where I am. Love is not listening in on my phone calls. Love is not reading my e-mail. We've been married for 8 years. I'm not going anywhere. Get a grip.

Carter: You have to understand. You're an attractive woman. I know there are guys there who would like to meet you.

Mimi: I'm a big girl. I'm not going to let some guy seduce me. You've got to believe that. Have more faith in us.

Carter: It's just hard when I know there are so many opportunities to meet men.

Mimi: Well the same goes for you at home.

Carter: I'll be working. It's not the same. You know that.

Mimi: No I don't. You're probably just projecting all this on me because you want to have an affair.

Mimi: How would you feel if I was on your back about you staying at home while we are away, nagging you about the possibilities of you having an affair. You'd hate that!

Carter: Don't be ridiculous. I would never have an affair. I love you.

Mimi: Well, I love you too and I would never have an affair. So, let's just agree to trust each other. Promise me you won't call me 20 times a day.

Carter: I need to speak to you, honey.

Mimi: Okay, twice a day. But I'm not bringing my cell phone to the beach with me. I'm not going to be on your leash.

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Sherri Mandell

Sherri Mandell

Sherri Mandell has a Master's degree in Creative Writing and has taught writing at the University of Maryland and Penn State University. She is the author of the book Writers of the Holocaust. She has written articles for the Washington Post. She is married with four children

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