A swishing way to save a marriage

I am ever indebted to readers of what I try to write. As a teenager, I started covering high school sports events for The Macon Telegraph and News. My very first story was scheduled to be published in next morning’s paper.

I could hardly wait for day to dawn.

I rushed out in my pajamas, opened the paper to the sports page, saw my byline, and my feathers fell: The linotype machine must have gone haywire, printing the lead paragraph with the same words over again three times, spoiling any sense the story might otherwise have made.

Some 70 years later, I am still attempting to write and grateful for those who not only read the column, but suggest a good idea, like this: A woman, concerned about her husband’s high temper, goes to the doctor.

“What’s the trouble?” the physician asks.

The wife replies: “I don’t know what to do. Every day my husband loses his temper for no reason. It scares me.”

The doctor says: “I have a cure for that. When your husband is getting angry, take a glass of water and start swishing it in your mouth. Swish and swish, but don’t swallow it until he either leaves the room or goes to bed and is asleep.”

Two weeks later, the woman comes back to the doctor’s office looking like a new person.

She says, “Doctor that was a brilliant idea. Every time my husband started losing it, I swished with water. I swished and swished and he calmed down. How does a glass of water do that?”

The doctor answered: “The water itself does nothing. It’s keeping your mouth shut that does the trick.”



More Opinion

Georgia Says

Savannah Morning News on Obama and Israel: President Barack Obama is cementing his reputation as the least pro-Israel president this nation ... Read More


An idea that will come back and bite us

Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to cut health care coverage for certain part-time public school employees makes perfect sense. Under the p ... Read More


Grantville’s government needs to just fade away

Now is probably a good time to turn off the lights in Grantville. By that we mean shut it down. Burn the city charter, unincorporate and jus ... Read More


Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: REALLY?!? Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s emergency room is seeing way too ... Read More


Georgia Says

The Augusta Chronicle on citizenship tests: New citizens are expected to know something about civics. Should we expect less of natives? Of ... Read More

I have a dream

In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday this week, we are publishing part of one of his most famous speeches, given in Washingt ... Read More