In a post last week, I was quite properly lambasted for waking Mrs. Cranky with a question. I fully understand the seriousness of this, particularly to my testosterone deficient audience. I get that many women, particularly those with young children, have little opportunity to enjoy uninterrupted sleep. In my defense, Mrs. Cranky has the unusual ability to go from sound sleep to awake and then back to sleep again in a matter of seconds. She remembers waking so it is not sleep talking, she is just able to wake and or fall back to sleep at the flip of some internal switch.
In one of our favorite moments in this movie (and there are many), Joe Pesci (Cousin Vinny) interrogates a witness in an attempt to show her eye sight is unreliable. I won’t bore you with all the details of the scene, watch the movie you won’t be disappointed…
In this classic scene, Pesci in way of admonishing a judicial indiscretion addresses the court and the witness saying,
“Mrs. Reilly; and only Mrs. Reilly…”
“Mrs. Reilly and only Mrs. Reilly how many fingers I am holding up now?”
She then went instantly back to her comfortable rhythmic snore, and yes in the morning she remembered mimicking the movie.
And so I offer no real excuse for occasionally waking my wife to ask an innocuous question, but it is not as serious an offense as many might believe.