Life Of Pi: The Thorn In Our Marriage

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July 24, 2010

Once upon a time a girl named Sarah went out on a second date with a boy named Nicholas (a rare occurrence indeed).  When the boy named Nicholas arrived at Sarah’s door, he delighted her by gifting her a book called Life of Pi.  Sarah was tickled pink – surely this boy could see her for the intellectual being that she was!  This one small exchange would leave an indelible print on Sarah’s heart and ultimately influence her decision to spend eternity with this boy.

The problem

The girl named Sarah liked the concept of the book better than the actual book that was chosen.  She much preferred to keep it prominently displayed in her room and gaze upon it fondly.  The idea of actually reading it though bored her greatly.  It was a symbol of love, not a material item to be consumed and thrown away!

When two become one

In time the girl named Sarah married the boy named Nicholas and the book journeyed with them to their new home in Manila.  Sarah had hoped that over time Nicholas would simply forget about the book (a common tendency she had noticed with him) and allow her to just treasure it for the symbol it was.  Alas, this was not to be the case and Sarah grew increasing annoyed by Nick’s constant inquiries about when she’d read the book.

Sarah knew it was still a sensitive issue when on her birthday (upon thanking him for a gift), he replied, “I’m sure you’ll never actually use it, just like the Life of Pi book I gave you.”  With a heavy sigh Sarah stood up and went to retrieve the book from her shelf.  Looks like she would be spending 316 pages with a boy and a tiger in a boat after all.  The things you do for love…

A pleasant surprise

Well, lo and behold, after begrudgingly starting the book, Sarah was delighted to find that the story was actual decent – in fact, it was down-right superb!  Of course she could not let Nick know this because she already worried about the size of his ego.  And so it was her fate to sneak off into the corner and devour the book in secret.  And devour she did, in less than 2 days.

So folks, the moral of the story is that when your husband-to-be gives you a book on your second date you may as well just save yourself some emotional energy and read the damn thing straight away.  I’ve heard it can be good for the trust level in a relationship…


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  1. Jenn says:

    That is one I have not yet read. Love the story behind it, and that you had to hide to devour it. During or before the sickness?

  2. sarahlynn60 says:

    Last week, right at the beginning of the sickness…

  3. Omg you are so funny!! No one makes me laugh as consistently as you do .. Sarah, you have a RARE and truly amazing gift of story telling!

  4. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thanks Tia- I so appreciate that. I found that as I’ve gotten more comfortable blogging, my ‘real’ voice is coming out more. It’s very encouraging to get good feedback about it… makes me want to keep putting it out there. XOXO, SLN

  5. Diplowife says:

    Great story, sometimes things just take time, maybe there is a part of you now that appreciates what the book tells. I know this girl named Joanna, whose husband has also been pushing books up her nose to read. Sometimes she reads them,sometimes she only pretends she does, but most of the time the books are good.

  6. Alison says:

    Haha, One of my all time favourite books. Ever :)

  7. sarahlynn60 says:

    Oh no – you too Joanna! :) We can commiserate together…

  8. Katie J says:

    Ahh, we have one of “those” in our marriage as well. It would be Lord of the Rings that he bought me when we were dating and I’m still holding out on reading it. :) Glad you caved and liked it, though!

  9. sarahlynn60 says:

    Ha! Glad to know I’m not the only one… ooh, Lord of the Rings. Don’t think I would have touched that one either!

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