Friday, May 22, 2015
The spouse is always the last to know, part II
"You see Beverly," started Dr. Levine, "Jerry is sick, very sick. Oh, he isn't ill in a way that you or I or any other normal person gets sick with the sniffles or the flu. Jerry is mentally sick. At some point in Jerry's life, he began to fetishize - the abnormal fixation on an inanimate object - on the feel of silky things that women enjoy wearing. From there, his illness progressed to women's clothing, and from there to wearing women's clothing. Perhaps Jerry had a childhood trauma that he buried deep inside his psyche."
"He and his parents have a strained relationship. And his mother," I rotely explained, "is always meddling in our lives. She second guesses all of Jerry's decisions on important life decisions."
"I see. Just as I suspected. Now," Dr. Levine continued, "Jerry is unable to contain those thoughts. He's going to need a great deal of treatment, and perhaps a stay in psychiatric hospital. But what he needs now, more than ever is a sympathetic wife who understands that Jerry is a good man who can't help himself. Beverly, can you be that wife? Without you, Jerry may be lost to a life of depravity. And your children could lose their father forever. Is that what you want, Beverly?"