Men and women think differently. This old joke will show you how.
Hilariously, women shouldn’t think too much about the non-verbal cues that men show. Most of the time, what women think men are thinking about, turns out to be its complete opposite.
Bored Daddy shared a joke about a couple who have been dating for the past six months, and the woman overthinks how the man feels about it.
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One day, a man named Fred finally gained the courage to ask a woman he liked named Martha. They watched a movie on their first date and had such a lovely time. Since then, they had seen each other regularly and exclusively.
During one of their dates, on the ride home, Martha suddenly realized that they had been dating for exactly six months. She told Fred, and then silence filled the car.
Of course, Martha was bothered by it. She thought to herself, “I wonder if it bothers him that I said that. Maybe he’s been feeling confined by our relationship; maybe he thinks I’m trying to push him into some kind of obligation that he doesn’t want, or isn’t sure of.”
Meanwhile, Fred was thinking, “Wow. Six months.”
Martha’s thoughts were running a million miles a minute. She thought, “But, hey, I’m not so sure I want this kind of relationship either. Sometimes I wish I had a little more space, so I’d have time to think about whether I really want us to keep going the way we are, moving steadily towards, I mean, where are we going? Are we just going to keep seeing each other at this level of intimacy? Are we heading toward marriage? Toward children? Toward a lifetime together? Am I ready for that level of commitment? Do I really even know this person?”
Fred, on the other hand, was thinking that it was February when they started dating and it was the same time he had his car at the dealer’s, which meant he badly needed an oil change.
Martha was observing Fred and saw his face. She was sure that he looked upset. Her mind drifted once again.
“Maybe I’m reading this completely wrong. Maybe he wants more from our relationship, more intimacy, more commitment; maybe he had sensed – even before I sensed it – that I was feeling some reservations. Yes, I bet that’s it. That’s why he’s so reluctant to say anything about his own feelings. He’s afraid of being rejected.”
While Martha was going through every little detail on every possible cause-and-effect of their relationship, Fred still kept thinking of his car and how disappointed he was of the car dealer’s staff that he thought were incompetent at their jobs.
Once again, Martha studied his face and concluded that Fred was angry. She felt guilty about putting him through this conversation.
She continued to think, “Maybe I’m just too idealistic, waiting for a knight to come riding up on his white horse, when I’m sitting right next to a perfectly good person, a person I enjoy being with, a person I truly do care about, a person who seems to truly care about me. A person who is in pain because of my self-centered, schoolgirl romantic fantasy.”
As Fred brooded over his car, the dealer’s, and his car’s warranty, his thoughts were interrupted by the woman sitting next to her when she said his name.
Startled, Fred replied, “What?”
Martha broke down into tears and said, “Please don’t torture yourself like this. Maybe I should never have…oh dear, I feel so…”
Confused, Fred, once again, asked, “What?”
Still crying, she said, “I’m such a fool. I mean, I know there’s no knight. I really know that. It’s silly. There’s no knight, and there’s no horse.”
“There’s no horse?” said Fred.
“You think I’m a fool, don’t you?” she responded, and Fred was quick to exclaim, “No!”
“It’s just that…it’s that I…I need some time,” Martha finally said.
About 15 seconds had passed, and Fred said, “Yes,” which was the safest answer he could think of.
Martha was moved by him and asked, “Oh, Fred, do you really feel that way about time?”
“Oh. Yes,” said Fred.
Then, Martha looked deeply into his eyes, which made him nervous about what she might say next. He was hoping that she won’t bring up the “horse thing” again.
Eventually, Martha said, “Thank you, Fred.” Then Fred said the same thing to her.
After he took her home, Martha was conflicted and was crying until the wee hours of the morning. Meanwhile, Fred sat on his couch, ate some chips, and watched a game on the TV. At one point, he thought of how weird their conversation was earlier in the car. Still, he knew he would never understand it, so he let it go.
The next day, Martha called her best friends, and they talked about every little thing that went down during her conversation with Fred. This went on for weeks. Martha and her friends never grew tired of talking about it.
As for Fred, he was playing racquetball with his and Martha’s mutual friend one day. Right before serving, he looked confused and asked, “Norm, did Martha ever own a horse?”
There you go, ladies and gentlemen. That is the difference between men and women.
Women and men seem to live in different planets when it comes to talking about relationships.
Dave Barry pointed out that a woman must never make assumptions about a man fully understanding that they are in a serious and committed relationship with a woman. Also, you can never expect a guy to engage in commitment easily. For them, it takes time. They want to make sure of it first before going any further. Don’t rush them into it.