The Barber and his client

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Hospital comedy.

This did not happen in a hospital, but since it involves mental ill health, I decided to let it pass. My dad told me this true story, of a relative of his, who I will call Ben. Ben was extensively treated for a psychiatric disorder and declared fit. This was in the 50s or 60s. He went back to his trade of barbing. It had been his source of income before the unfortunate incident. A relative decided to patronize him(charity begins at home). Back then, there were no clippers. The instrument used was a shrarp knife called “aguwa”.
Barber in traditional barber shop shaving man's head

With his customer’s neck extended over the back of the chair, Ben proceeded to give him a shave, after the hair cut. Suddenly, he stopped and began to laugh hysterically, shaking and slapping his knee.

“What’s so funny?”, his customer asked, quite puzzled.

“You won’t understand”, he replied and laughed some more.

“No, really, tell me”

“The sight of your skinny neck extended over the chair back like that……It just reminded me of the neck of a chicken about to be slaughtered for Xmas lunch!”

“Whaaaaat!”, screamed his customer, springing out of the chair, and flinging away the apron around his neck. “It seems that your illness has started again!”

With that he stormed out and spread the word that Ben had suffered a relapse. No matter how Ben tried to convince people he had only been joking, they wouldn’t take his word for it. What say you? Don’t you think he was kidding?


14 thoughts on “The Barber and his client

    tenderonii said:
    March 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Omg,..It’s not fair,….bad market for him. Personally, I believe he was barely kidding….but because of his past, they wouldn’t believe him. This brigs to mind the lesson of being trustworthy, not because its a good attribute, but because once you have proven otherwise, its never easy to be trusted again. People will still have that double mind concerning you.
    Great post and funny too…..thanks ma’am

    niki said:
    March 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    . Lol. If it was me i wouldn’t have stared o. U never know lol.

    Pam Jay said:
    March 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Hahahahaha… true story. Never fails to get me LMAO.

      drnsmusings responded:
      March 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      I know right?. Not as interesting as in d dialect

    Charles Williams said:
    March 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Hey Doc!
    Nice to finally find my way here…Thanks for stopping by at FINGERPRINTS
    The story you share is so hilarious, that I am shaking and laughing the way of Ben right now.
    Reminds me of Femi Kuti’s alleged mental illness way back and his frustrations at people observing and suspecting his most mundane actions…Truth is, once one is stigmatized one can hardly wash clean, especially in the case of mental health.
    Nice to meet you, once again!

      drnsmusings responded:
      March 18, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Hi, love your blog too. Very hilarious

    Tomiwa said:
    March 18, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    hehehe, chicken neck oooo

    Fola Daniel Adelesi said:
    March 18, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I would not have waited to confirm if he was kidding. If there was any murder, he would walk freely out of the court room knowing he has a history of mental illness… This one na look after leaping!

    Inthe... said:
    March 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Naija stigma… Once crazy, always crazy even unto the 7th generation of descendants. I think he was kidding but he shouldn’t have voiced his thoughts.

      drnsmusings responded:
      March 26, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      U’re so optimistic. Lol

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