Bert’s therapy: The cookie fairy

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How’s Felicia?

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Still not talking to me

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How long has it been?

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Today’s the fourth day.

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Does her silence still scare you?

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No, not really.

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How do you feel?

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Kind of sorry for her.

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How come?

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Since we stopped dancing, she seems sort of lost.  And sad.

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I see. 

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Does she like cookies?

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Cookies?  Sure.

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What’s her favorite?

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Those huge ones.  Chocolate chip.

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The ones big as a small pizza?

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Yeah.

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Go buy one.

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Leave it on her pillow.

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And say what?

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Nothing.  Make like the Cookie Fairy.  Leave it and fly away.

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Won’t that confuse her again?

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Maybe.  But in a good way.

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It’s not appeasement?

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No.  It’s paying attention.

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Most married people are starved for attention.  And she sounds like she needs some right now. 

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It’s not the sort of thing I usually do.

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All the more reason.

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You want to redefine this marriage, right?

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Right.

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That means trying new stuff.  Experimenting.  Taking risks.

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But what if she rejects my cookie?

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Well, if that happens… 

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At least you have dessert for the next two nights. 

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* * * 

What is a healthy marriage?

“What is a healthy marriage?” is a very good question.

And I think if you had asked me that fifteen years ago I would have had to say to you, “I’m not really sure.”

But at this point I think we really know what a healthy marriage is.  And we know because of all the research in the last fifteen years. 

The research is all saying the same thing. 

The essential element of a healthy marriage is not that you don’t fight.  All couples fight.

It’s not that you have to be similar in all respects.  All couples have differences. 

The essential element of a healthy marriage is:

Emotional responsiveness. 

~ Click here for the rest of  “What is a healthy marriage?”  by Dr. Sue Johnson(3:52)

 

* * *

 Going. Going.

 

As April winds down,

the Bert Mug Contest approaches

its thunderous conclusion. 

 

Next weekend, our three intrepid judges…

.(Judge Steve) …….(Judge Bert)  …………(Judge Felicia) …………..

 

…will sequester themselves — not unlike the College of Cardinals, except with monkeys — in a secluded location to pore over the entries. 

We can’t tell you, of course, where they’ll be going.  Though we can hint:

 

 

Anyway, there in that lonely spot they will mull, muse, meditate, ponder, consult, bicker, fuss and fret until they choose the winner.

So if you haven’t sent us your entry yet, it’s now or never. 

Merely…

(1) Join the Monkeytraps mailing list by sending us an email at fritzfreud@aol.com with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. Include your name too, so we know who to credit.

(2) In the same email, suggest a caption about control addiction for the Bert Mug.

I mean, come on. 

Can you really stand not to be part of this?  

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