It Could Be So Much Better

Math problems and marriage


So, at tea this afternoon:

Me: Hey, Vivienne, here’s a cool math problem:

Vivienne: [skeptical expression]

Me: Suppose I give you an envelope with $20 in it, and I have another
envelope with either half that much or twice that much in it. I offer
to trade the envelope you’ve got for the one I have. Do you take the

Vivienne: No. $20 is enough.

After twelve years of marriage, sometimes I can’t tell whether she
loves me, or whether she hates me but we get along well.