Sunday, March 31, 2019

How a Mango Can Save Your Marriage

How a Mango Saved a Marriage

Story of the Happily Married Couple



The Mango Season is here. 

Here is a “Hapus” Alphonso Mango for you to relish. 

Mango Picture – Two “Cheeks” and One “Seed” in the Centre

We – my wife and I – we are experiencing the “much married” feeling – we were married on 30 May 1982 and we have completed more than 36 years and 10 months of married life. 

Every year – on our marriage anniversary – we cut a “Hapus” Alphonso Mango and share it together.

And – I tell my wife this “Mango Story” – which encapsulates the secret of a long marriage... 

How a Mango Saved a Marriage 

A “happily” married couple was celebrating the golden jubilee of their married life - the 50th wedding anniversary of their very happy and successful marriage.

Both husband and wife – both of them loved mangoes. 

So – they decided to start the glorious day by eating a delicious Alphonso Mango – first thing in the morning.

The moment she saw the Mango – the subservient docile wife thought to herself in her mind:

“For 50 years – I have always sacrificed my own desires – and I been considerate towards my husband. 

I always gave my husband the deliciously sweet “Cheeks” of the Mango – those succulent fleshy slices next to the skin of the Mango – which I love to eat.

And – I myself always sacrificed my desires – and took the “Seed” of the Mango – and I ate the sour Pulpy Part enveloping the “Seed” of the Mango which I don’t like to eat.

Enough is Enough...!!! 

Today – I am going to enjoy the delicious “Cheeks” of the Mango – yes – I will savour the heavenly sweet fleshy slices myself. 

And – for once – I will let my husband have the sour fibrous pulpy “Seed”...”

So – the wife cut the Mango. 

She took the sweet chunky slices of the Mango “Cheeks” herself.

And – she gave the sour pulpy “Seed” of the Mango to her husband.

The wife waited for her husband’s reaction with bated breath.

To her utter surprise – and contrary to her fears – her husband was very happy. 

Her husband kissed her hand and said to his wife:

“My Darling – Thank You so much. 

You have just given me the greatest joy on our wonderful 50th wedding anniversary day. 

For 50 years – I sacrificed my desires – and I never ever asked you for the luscious tangy “Seed” of the Mango – which is what I like the most. 

I quietly ate the insipid Mango “Cheeks” you always gave me – even though I do not like them – because I always wanted you to enjoy and relish the tangy pulpy Mango “Seeds” – which are so tasty.

Now – on our 50th wedding anniversary – you have understood and appreciated my sacrifice – and you have given me the “Seed” part of the Mango which I always wanted to eat for so many years...”


I am confused about the “Moral of the Story”.

Is the “Moral of the Story”: 

“Sacrifice” is the key to a long marriage 

A good marriage is all about mutual sacrifice and adjustment and consideration for your partner. 

In the Mango Story – the wife was desperate to “please” her husband – and – the husband did not want to displease his wife by frankly telling her his own likes and dislikes. 

So both husband and wife silently “sacrificed” their desires because they wanted to “please” each other. 

So – does this story imply a “moral of the story” that – in a marriage or relationship – you must go out of your way to “please” your partner. 

Is the “Disease to Please a sine qua non for a successful marriage...? 

Is this the moral of the story...? 

Or – is the “Moral of the Story” something else...? 

For 50 years – the wife kept giving her husband the “Cheeks” of the Mango which she liked herself – and eating the “Seed” of the Mango which she didn’t like. 


Why didn’t the husband tell his wife even once in 50 years that he liked the “Seed” of the Mango...? 

Is the “Moral of the Story” about better mutual communication in a marriage...?

It is all very confusing. 

So – Dear Reader – you figure out the “Moral of the Story” – while I cut a Mango. 

And – please do tell me – which part of the Mango should I give my “Better Half” – the “Cheek” – or the “Seed” of the Mango...? 


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This is a revised repost of a story I wrote many years ago and have posted online on my blogs a number of times including at urls:  and  etc

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