Ted and Trudy

Ted and Trudy had been married forever; four years, in fact. Each still said he or she was in love. Still, each found himself or herself dreading the drive home after work.

Their marriage counselor tried. “What you need is to find and speak each other’s love language,” she said.

Ted and Trudy tried.

Physical intimacy didn’t touch on the issue. Spending quality time together made the evening drag on and on. Neither received gifts presently. Words of affirmation didn’t speak to either of them. And we won’t even mention how self-absorbed each became when performing acts of service.

It wasn’t until Ted finally snapped and complained about it all that Trudy felt an unexpected spark.

“Ooooh. Say that again, Ted,” she cooed.

Ted blinked. “Uhhh… the counselor’s charging way too much for something that’s not working?”

“Yes, Ted! Yes! What else isn’t working?”

“Uhh…” he thought for a minute. “That plumber we hired this morning was late, incompetent, and left a mess.”

Trudy sat up and perked up. “What else??”

“No one knows how to drive anymore?” He was starting to get excited as well.

“Yes! Yes!”

“Whenever I go shopping, I can’t ever find a good clerk! How difficult is it to know where the polos are?”

“Ohhh, Ted.” She drew right up to him. “What else?”

“The governor’s an idiot and this country’s being run by imbeciles!”



Their counselor was surprised to see them practically bouncing at their next (and last) appointment.

“We did it!” Trudy gushed. “We found our love language!”

“Oh?” the counselor asked, intrigued. “Which is it?”

Ted and Trudy looked at each other, smiled; then, in unison, answered, “Complaining!”

Β©2021 Chel Owens

27 thoughts on “Ted and Trudy

  1. Denny K September 20, 2021 / 3:31 am

    If you got it, share it. Thanks for bringing a smile to my morning.

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    • Chel Owens September 20, 2021 / 6:57 am

      Ha ha! You’re welcome, Denny!


  2. mattsnyder1970 September 20, 2021 / 4:55 am

    That’s hilarious πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ you okay if i record that ?

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    • Chel Owens September 20, 2021 / 6:58 am

      πŸ˜€ Go for it. Just don’t ever tell my friend she inspired it. πŸ˜‰

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      • mattsnyder1970 September 20, 2021 / 5:17 pm

        Hahaha, honestly it reminded me of my wife and I in thin walled hotel rooms joking around saying things like Oh Llama, Oh Alpaca….

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  3. Norah September 20, 2021 / 5:40 am

    That’s so funny, Chelsea. I know some people like that. They’re really not that much fun to be around.

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  4. Herb September 20, 2021 / 9:24 am

    Well, whatever works, right?


  5. RuthScribbles September 20, 2021 / 3:06 pm

    πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ 😏


  6. petespringerauthor September 20, 2021 / 9:35 pm

    Haha! Whatever works. I avoid this type of person if I can help it. You ask some innocuous question like, “How’s it going?” and then they spend the next thirty minutes telling you about all of the problems in their life.

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  7. D. Wallace Peach September 21, 2021 / 12:49 pm

    LOL. I think there’s a lot of truth in this, Chelsea. Hope you’re doing well.

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    • Chel Owens September 21, 2021 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks, Diana! It was yet another encounter with a person like this that inspired me!

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