Ted and Jean had been married and lived together for 30 years. After retirement,
each morning they got into the car, to look after their grandchildren while their
Ted always drove. After starting the car, and before pulling away from the kerb, Ted
asked Jean a question: “All right?” Jean always said “Yes”, and away they went.
Until one day, Ted asked the question, Jean said yes, and Ted pulled out, straight into
an oncoming car.
Fortunately no-one was injured, and the damage was minimal. But whilst waiting in
hospital for a check up, Ted turned to Jean and said: “Why on earth did you say ‘yes’
when I asked you if it was clear to pull out?” “When did you ask me that?” said Jean.
“I ask you every time we’re in the car, if it’s safe to pull out. I say “all right?”. “Oh,
said Jean, “I always thought you were asking if I was all right”….
Not only does the above story, funny though it is, show the importance of clear
communication – it also shows how lucky Ted and Jean have been!
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