MY husband is an adventurer and he recently brought a King Kong back from an expedition to the South Seas. Now I fear that this enormous monkey has come between me and him.
Iam36, my husband is 38, and we’ve been married for 12 years. He used to be a very attentive husband, buying me flowers, taking me out to restaurants and tellingmehe telling me he loved me. But as soon as he had this 100foot gorilla chained up in the back yard, he started to become distant and no longer seemed to have any time for me. One night last week, week I cooked my husband a special romantic meal. I spent ages preparing it, cooking all his favourite dishes and getting the ambience just right, with candles on the table and soft music playing on the stereo. However, halfway through the first course, the King Kong somehow broke free from its iron shackles, stuck its hand through the dining room window and grabbed me out of my chair.
It carried me right up to the top of a nearby block of flats, where it sat and picked all my clothes off with its enormous fingers. In the end, someone called out the RAF who arrived in a Eurofighter and shot it dead. Ever since then, my husband has been cold and distant. Even though he won’t admit it, I think he secretly blames me for the death of his King Kong.
I suggested to him that we go to a marriage guidance counsellor to talk things through, but he refused to discuss the subject. Please help me, Miriam. I’m scared that our marriage could break down if we don’t sort out this problem soon. Ada D., Portsmouth Miriam says: The loss of an enraged 100ft gorilla in such tragic circumstances would put a strain on even the strongest marriage. However, your husband should not be blaming you for the death of his King Kong, and you should speak frankly to him before this bone of contention begins to fester. Explain to him how upset you were when it carried you up them flats and picked your clothes off. If he really loves you, he will understand that there are two sides to every story, and a King Kong getting shot by a Eurofighter is simply one of the trials that every relationship must endure.
I am sending you my leaflet: ‘King Kongs, Your Marriage and You.