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Sunday, February 6, 2011

February 6, 2011. The Odd Couple

"On November 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence; that request came from his wife. Deep down, he knew she was right, but he also knew that some day he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his friend, Oscar Madison. Several years earlier, Madison's wife had thrown HIM out, requesting that HE never return. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?"

I wonder if nature intended people to live together. Now don't get me wrong, population alone dictates that there is no alternative. Sometimes I think that someone said at the beginning of time, "Let's play a joke on mankind. Let's have them mate for life. After all it works for the Pigeons." I'm sure that similar thoughts have crossed everybody's mind.

Add to that the pressure when one person has to be the caretaker for the other. Then add the added stressm when the one being taken care of, feels it's unneccessary.

Tick, Tick, Tick....

The pressure on both parties is incredible. I saw it in my parents when my Dad was ill. I see it now first hand.

How does one accept the fact that there are things that he loved, that he no longer can or should do?

On the other hand how does the caretaker accept the fact, that his or her partner is an adult, with free will, and by thinking him incapable, you may in fact be creating a self fulfilling profecy?

Such a problem?

Is the solution, living alone? Clearly not. Think what would have happened to Oscar if he didn't have Felix. Man can only live so long on Corned Beef and French Fries.

So the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Oscar needs Felix, but Felix must learn,, that it's not up to him to mold Oscar into a second Felix.

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