Dreams into Nightmares

My daughter found two interesting items in the want-ad section of our little neighborhood newspaper. I fear they are evidence of a quiet deterioration in my area of the city.

Sofa & matching love seat, oyster velvet with Tracy mink trim, new, never used.
Behind-the-ear Hearing Aids—used two weeks.

A love seat that was never used! And velvet with mink trim at that! It just goes to show you that it takes more than beautiful furniture to make love work. Maybe the problem was that they bought the sofa. I can just see the man of the house dreaming of naps on the sofa while his wife dreamed of cuddly evenings on the love seat. But, alas, their dreams must have turned into nightmares because they never had an opportunity to enjoy either one.

Is there any connection between the unused furniture and the unused hearing aid? Perhaps. I can imagine the conversation.

She: “Honey, you ought to do something about your hearing problem.”


She (pointing to an ad in the morning paper): “There’s a sale on and you can get two behind-the-ear hearing aids for the price of one.”

He: “There’s an ad here for living-room furniture. Why don’t you go buy some new furniture?”

She (to herself): “I’ll get that sofa and love seat combination. If he buys the hearing aids, we can sit and whisper sweet nothings into each other’s ears.”

But he didn’t use the hearing aids for long: two weeks to be exact, and he was through with them. He started hearing things he didn’t want to hear, and he discovered that his home and his world were difficult places. It was better to be deaf and dumb.

Who hath ears to hear, let him hear! Don’t let your dreams end up in the want-ad pages of life.


Loud and Clear

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