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Finding a suitable marriage partner is a quest that frequently intimidates and often overwhelms. Once not too long ago a young woman, perplexed by just such a situation determined to consult a dating service in the hope of broadening her contacts.

"I'm looking for a spouse," she began, "Can you please help me to find a suitable one?"

"Your requirements, please," replied the dating service employee tasked with interviewing her.

"Well, let me see. I need a companion that is good looking, polite, humorous, sporty, knowledgeable, good at singing and dancing. Willing to accompany me the whole day at home during my leisure hour, if I don't go out. Telling me interesting stories when I need companion for conversation and be silent when I want to rest."

The fellow listened carefully, considered the possibilities, then replied,

"I think I understand. You need a television ..."

-----------------A Final Thought ...

"American couples have gone to such lengths to avoid the interference of in-laws that they have to pay marriage counselors to interfere between them."

- Florence King (b. 1936), US author