The Perfect Wife – a tale simply to read and enjoy.
Nasreddin Hoca was sitting in a tea shop when a friend excitedly came in. ‘I’m so happy, Hoca,’ his friend gushed, ‘I’m about to get married. Hoca, have you ever thought of getting married?’
Nasreddin Hoca answered, ‘I did think of getting married. When I was young, I very much wanted to. I set out in search of the perfect wife. I travelled far and wide to find her. I went first to Damascus. There I met a beautiful woman who was gracious, kind, and deeply spiritual, but she had no worldly knowledge, so I decided she was not the perfect wife. I travelled further and went to Isphahan. There I met a woman who was both spiritual and wise in the ways of the world….she was beautiful in many ways. But we did not communicate well. Finally, after much searching, in Cairo I found her. She was spiritually deep, graceful, and beautiful in every way, at home in the world and at home in the realms beyond it. I knew I had found the perfect wife.’
His friend stared at him, ‘Then why did you not marry her, Hoca?’
‘Alas,’ said Nasreddin Hoca, shaking his head, ‘She, unfortunately, was searching for the perfect husband.’