Sometime last week a friend from Kuala Lumpur rang me up to ask for a favour. I couldn't directly do what he asked but I can try get help from someone else. So I said, let me check with someone and I'll get back to you.
Called my brother on his mobile but there was no answer. Called wife at home to ask if she has my brother's house number (I know she has, because wife and sis-in-law always chit-chat). Yes? Okay, sms me the number.
Called brother's house. Sis-in-law picks up. Surprised to hear my voice. I ask for her husband. Not home yet she says. Usually home by 9pm. Does not answer his mobile because he's probably still offshore. Anything important? Nah, I said... will call back around 9.
Just about to leave the office at 7pm when brother returns call on my mobile. Need your help, I said, to do this and this.
Brother : Urgent?
Me : Preferably tonight or latest by tomorrow lunchtime.
Brother : Hmm... should be possible. Let me check and I'll call you back.
15 minutes later, brother texted me, saying that favour has been done. Thanks, I texted back. Also texted my KL friend, everything settled.
I reach home. Wife asks why I wanted brother's home number.
Me : Couldn't get him on his mobile. So I need to try his home.
Wife : Was it urgent?
Me : Not so.
Wife : So you called him at home?
Me : Yes, but sis-in-law answered.
Wife : Why did you want to call him?
Me : To ask him to do something.
Wife : To do what?
Me : To do this and this...
Wife : Why?
Me : Because a friend from KL asked for my help.
Wife : Why did your friend need you to do that?
Me (already pissed off by now) : I don't know why! I'm just helping a friend!
Wife starts to sulk. Spoils the rest of the evening.
A few days later, met up with my brother at his house. Apparently, when he got home that night, he also faced a barrage of questions from his wife. Why did big brother call you? Was it urgent? To do what? Why did he ask you to do that?
The interrogation also ended with the terse response of, `I don't know why! I'm just helping out my brother!'
Women... always need to know down to the finest detail. Here's a tip for you ladies, if your husband gives short, sharp replies to your questions, then better stop being curious and don't push it. There's no need for you to know everything.