Last weekend Carol asked me a question.
I didn’t hear the question, but she thought I did. Of course, I didn’t answer the question I hadn’t heard. And of course, that irritated her since she thought I was just being obstinate.
Can anyone see a no-win situation developing here?
A bit later she couldn’t stand it and said, “Did you not hear me ask you something a minute ago?”
I said, “No, what did you ask?” She told me, and I proclaimed my innocence. “If I had heard you I would have answered. Did you think I would just ignore you?”
She cocked her head a bit and said, “I wondered if you were just acting like a dumb-ass.”
Realizing that a pun was in the making I admitted, “Yeah, well, not speaking is like being dumb, I guess. But in this case I wasn’t being a dumb-ass, I was being a deaf-ass.”
She rolled her eyes.
I went on, “So in summary, since I neither heard the question NOR answered, I guess that makes me a deaf-and-dumb ass.”
“But,” I continued, “I’m not a deaf-and-dumb-ass from Dumas!”
She’d had enough. She walked away groaning.
(Maybe not so dumb after all, huh? At least she wasn’t still peeved at me.)