An elderly gentleman was invited to his a friend’s home for dinner one evening. He was impressed by the way his friend preceded every request to his wife with endearing terms: “Honey,” “My love,” “Darling,” “Sweetheart,” “Pumpkin,” etc.          


The couple had been married almost 70 years, and clearly they were still very much in love. While the wife was in the kitchen, the visiting gentleman leaned over and said to his host, “I think it’s wonderful that after all these years you still love your wife and call her those sweet names.”


The host hung his head. “I have to tell you the truth,” he said sadly. “I only call her those names because I forgot her real name about 10 years ago!”