When Quip returned that afternoon he seemed completely distracted and unfocused. Petra was the first to notice and pulled him aside to ask what was wrong.
Quip sadly responded, “Petra, EZ needs to return to Atlanta to help Andy. I asked her not to go but stay a while longer to see if we could make us work. She said that was one of the things on her mind now and that was why she wanted to leave. She felt she needed time to think things through, and I asked if she wanted more space. She indicated she did need more space, and then I asked if more permanence would be possible.
“Well, that got her a little teary and of course that made me feel even worse. You know it would be better for couples early in their relationships to have flash or cue cards that females could use to indicate what they are thinking and how the conversation should go next. They would need at least two hundred cards to cover their range of emotions.”
Petra, somewhat indignant, chided, “Oh, so males don’t need flash or cue cards to convey their pent up emotions?”
Quip was astonished at her lack of understanding. “What? What? We males only carry one card that has writing on both sides. The front side says, Sex then Beer, and on the reverse side it says, Beer then Sex! Oh, do come along, Petra!”
Petra simply rolled her eyes as she reminded, “Well, she couldn’t have wounded you too badly, since it seems your sense of humor is still intact.”
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