I have been happily married for many years now and my husband has always been a very earthbound and reasonable man. But lately he has gone mad with the idea of flying saucers. I know it sounds silly but it is all he talks about and things are getting out of hand. I understand it is only right and proper to show a keen interest in your husband’s hobbies, but frankly his behavior at social gatherings has become unbearable, as all he does is rant and rave about “humanoids”. I overheard Mary Robbins call him a closet case the other day and I just know the neighbors are peeking through their curtains every time he takes his bed things to the garden to “watch for the lights”. I had the bad sense to question him the other evening over dinner. He said that these objects look like big silver horizontal spindles so I asked if he might be getting confused with our new boiler and he just stormed upstairs. I don’t want to be rash or upset him as I know he works very hard and is probably very stressed at work but I could really do with some advice. Housekeeping Weekly has been absolutely useless in regards to dealing with such matters.
A concerned wife,
Mrs. “P Boddy”
Dear Mrs. “Boddy”,
Before you call the men in white coats to come and take your husband away, it is important you realize that a significant number of thoughtful, intelligent, educated people in full possession of their faculties claim to see similar things almost every day. In August of this year, the Sutton family farmhouse “UFO” sighting in Hopkinsville, Kentucky stirred the wildest imaginations of minds across the country. America has become most excited about these sightings and it can be difficult not to find yourself caught up in the buzz. However, these extraordinary sightings do seem out of character for your seemingly grounded husband. Has he been reading any popular science fiction magazines recently? Exposure to fantastical stories of “robots” and “time travel” could be sending his perceptions of reality askew – particularly if he is very stressed at work or not sleeping well. Are you sure to arrange his pillows properly at night? It is important to look at what you may be doing wrong at home before assuming it is your husband who is to blame. Being supportive and not complaining or nagging over his decision to sleep in the garden will help. Be aware you’re not making him feel embarrassed about his interests. These are all important components to being a good, caring wife and if you keep them up, I feel confident you will see a change in him soon.
Best of luck,