A few weeks ago, I was hired by a company to telephone their clients and remind them of an upcoming event. These days, many of us work from home, and I discovered that if a person doesn't recognize the name or the number displayed on their device, they often don't answer the phone, so I leave messages.
I called a Bill Fiserdelley. (Not a real name. I can’t tell you who it really was). Anyway, Bill didn’t answer, so I left a message and continued with my phone calls.
About ten minutes later, my phone rang. I didn’t recognize the displayed number, but since I’m phoning people I don’t know, I thought it best to answer. It might be one of the clients calling back to ask a question. Many do.
It was ole Bill’s wife on the phone. I suppose she had listened to the message and heard my female voice. Perhaps she’d noted a lady's name on the caller ID. She rang me back. The conversation went something like this:
Wife: "Did you just now call Bill?" (Her tone sounded irate.)
Me: (His name didn't immediately come to mind, but being the quick mind that I am, I replied) "Yes, I'm calling to make sure he knows about our event coming up in San Diego. He attended last year, and we hope he can attend again this year."
Me: "Did he get our company email?"
Wife: "Maybe. Would you resend it?"
Me: Certainly, I’ll be happy to send it to you.” I ended the phone call.
She must be one curious wife.
On the other hand, she might be a jealous, suspicious spouse.
Living with Jealousy can’t be fun or productive.
Perhaps ole Bill gave his wife a reason to be green-eyed. If so, that’s sad, too.
Maybe she’s trying to trust her husband after an infidelity. I’ve known several wives who’ve experienced unfaithful husbands and now have a healthy, happy marriage.
Was it easy for them?
Learning to trust a mate again after a betrayal is a day-to-day occurrence.
If the husband is faithful, and the wife is merely jealous because she chooses to be, then that’s a miserable situation also. It’s not healthy. Suspicion doesn’t build a strong marriage.
Jealousy can exist in other relationships besides marriage. I’ve seen co-workers with the green-eyed monster. Children are often jealous of each other in the classroom—even after adulthood, siblings continue to envy each other . Wherever people gather, jealousy can materialize.