An Eye-Opening Relationship Indicator (Humor)

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Identify your type of relationship

Identifying your type of relationship will enable you to understand your partner better.

Understanding your partner better will enable you to find the happiness you deserve.

Discover yourself in the following indicators ~

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School boy/girl having a crush on Teacher

You are always too eager to do Teacher a favour, just to be acknowledged as her/his favourite. In spite of dealing with many disappointments – because Teacher never meets your secret expectations - your hope for more and better rewards will inspire you to be your teacher’s loyal follower for quite a period of time. Eventually yet another disappointment will make you realize that you are wasting precious time living in your dreams. You will find another partner – hopefully your soul mate. Memories of Teacher may turn into grudges which may drip off your tongue in the form of sarcastic remarks when you find yourself accidentally in Teacher’s presence.

If your are the teacher in this relationship, do not worry. Somebody will always develop a crush on you and your wishes will become his/her demands.

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Baby and teddy-bear

You cannot sleep without Teddy in your arms. You may even drag Teddy with you wherever you go, or you may put always-contented-and cuddly Teddy down in order to do something you want to do, or have to do. Maybe your relationship with Teddy will last forever, or maybe your love for adventure may finally get the better of you and make you neglect Teddy until someone discover him/her, all alone and neglected. You may not be willing to share Teddy; you may hysterically demand sole-ownership, or maybe you will realize that you have lost your dearest Teddy due to your own negligence.

If your are the teddy bear in this relationship, do not worry. Teddy bears are extremely popular and will always be a baby’s favourite companion.

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Cat and Dog

You share the same premise, most of the time happy and contented. You are Cat, independent and always contented. You don’t get upset when Dog gets more attention than you. Dog, however, cannot always handle your superior demeanour. Being dog, he/she might force you into solitude, or even aggressively into a tree or on the roof of the house where you have to wait until he/she is in a good mood again and willing to tolerate you in his/her presence. You may live forever with Dog, either in his/her presence or somewhere on the same premise where he/she would not be able to disturb your peace. Maybe on a day Dog may bite you. If not to death, he/she may scare you away. Hopefully you will be rescued, and you may continue your life on a new premise in the presence of a better-natured dog, or you may just roam the streets all alone until you die.

If you are the dog, please stop all your bad habits. Don’t blame the cat for everything that doesn't go your way. If you feel like growling and barking, pick on the moon and the cars in the street.

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Servant and Boss

You are a hard-working and loyal servant, happy when Boss is happy and miserable when Boss is not happy. You will always try your best to please Boss. If Boss is kind and generous, satisfying all your needs, you will live happily forever after. But if Boss fails to satisfy your needs, you will eventually either turn into a pathetic masochist or into a rebel, striking for days until you decide to quit your job and find yourself another boss.

If you are the boss in this relationship, please mind your manners and be good to your servant. You know that servants exists in great numbers. Chose the right one and pay him/her the maximum wages plus bonus. Then you will live happily forever after.

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Child and Parent

As the child in this relationship all your needs are fulfilled. With your parent’s approval you are doing whatever you like. Your willingness to follow rules is the only reason why the two of you are living happily forever after. However, if you are a violator of rules and not able to appreciate your luck, you will suffer your parent’s discontentment. If you are addicted to arguments you will be happy, or maybe you will eventually run off. Sadly, staying with your parent until he/she dies, or running off, have the same consequences: You will either become the victim of a con-artist, or you will discover your own parental self.

If you are the parent, remember that a child needs constant attention and rewards in the form of love and money. Mind your health, because you will not be able to meet your child’s expectations while you are ill.

© Martie Coetser (May 2013)

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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

No wonder I hafta wear glasses...

This hub sounds like the story of my life...kindly take your peepers out of my memoirs.

You make me smile...even when I don't want to! Voted UP and across with eyes wide open.

Love, Maria

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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

I LOVE these analogies, Martie!! I connect with the Teacher in the relationship situation for obvious reasons. ;) Thanks for sharing, and I'm passing this on.

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

hahaha Relationships really are too funny, are they not!!!

Yikes on that "Codicil" there.

It is good to smile. Thanks, Martie, it is good to laugh at our relationships sometimes, otherwise, we just cry.

Voted up +++ and sharing

Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Love it! Now I don't feel so weird. Thank you.

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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Very nice hub and i loved every bit of it....Thanks for sharing this and I am sharing it too. Votes ++++++

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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I knew it would be humorous, given that the word is used in the title, but I didn't know it would be about cats and dogs, and teddy bears, etc. Very clever, and it gave me a few laughs. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Vickiw 3 years ago

Hi dear Martie, these are interesting dynamics. I wondered how the parent/child relationship would resolve if the parent simply substituted the word "wants" for "needs"? Because parents need to set firm boundaries, don't they? I very much prefer equal partnerships, rather than any of these, but we do see them often. Great descriptors, and, as usual, lovely images with them.

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sarahmoose 3 years ago from Nottingham, England

Lovely hub, and an interesting take on the dynamics! Voted up and funny :-)

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful and humorous hub; voted up and shared.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Too cute, Martie. How on earth this this topic (and the twist you took) ever pop into your head???

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

@ marcoujor – Thanks to the crushes I had on a couple of teachers I exceled in their subjects... Somehow nothing ever goes to waste :)

@ midget38 – Well, I’ve been a couple of these characters, but not (yet) the teacher. She is very much like a queen, enjoying the loyal admiration of her subjects. Go on, keep your pose :)

@ Faith Reaper – I think it is important to laugh at ourselves sometimes. Fortunately love covers our shortcomings. So keep love alive and everything will be okay :)

@ Mhatter99 – Actually, we are all weird in our special way. We only need a partner just as weird as us :)

@ dghbrh – Glad to know you like this humoristic view on relationships. I just remembered the Teenager and Idol metaphor. Will add it asap :)

@ Kathryn Stratford – I am sure all readers will recognize themselves in one or even more of these relationships. As long as they can do it smiling, everything is okay :)

@ Vickiw – I should add equal partners, because they are the best. The child in the Child-Parent relationship is most of the time terribly spoiled or terribly neglected. Glad you like the images :)

@ sarahmoose – Good to know you enjoyed my metaphors :) Thanks.

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

@ Eiddwen - Thanks for coming over for a smile, and for sharing :)

@ bravewarrior - Trying to understand reality via metaphors is actually a habit of mine :)

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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX

Remarkable insight tempered with humor. You got the 5 star rating Martie. A man needs a maid...

The Frog

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

The Frog Prince - Fortunately, at last, the Servant-Boss relationship is no longer the norm. So you'll either wear your dirty socks, or you throw it away and buy new ones.... Unless you wash the dishes :) I just read one of your hubs, but as a South African suffering the same kind of political harassment I was not able to leave a significant comment. Thanks for coming over for a smile :)

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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX

Martie - What? Burst my bubble!!!


Mr B 3 years ago

Thank you 4 being my Baby and alowing me 2 be your Teddy bear. Mwha

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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Funny eye opener Martie. I can relate to two of your indicators, my love for my teddy bear never ceased and i had a never ending crush on a teacher in the eighth grade, he would often give me a ride to school. ( If he only knew LOL ) I am happy being single and after looking at Codicil , i don't thing i will reconsider. Hee..Great topic...

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Frog, and now I am asking myself with tears in my eyes, how could I have forgotten about the Princess and Frog relationship? Thanks for the smile. Keep in mind that servants are still to be found on every other street corner and they are still beautiful and loyal and willing to walk the extra mile :)

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

My precious Mr B, you are the most adorable teddy in the world. Ì am so glad you are mine. Mwah!

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Always, having a crush on a teacher is quite a pleasant but sad scenario - disastrous comparing to the baby and her teddy. Being single has more pros than cons... at least most of the time :)

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Between laughs, I could picture each of these and somewhat relate to a few of them. . . . not saying which ones! hahaha! Happily, when George & I found each other, we were both through with dysfunctional relationships! hehe.

This is so cute and clever. Thank you for the levity! Hugs!!

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Good morning, Nellieanna - how wonderful to be finally through with dysfunctional relationships. I am so thrilled because you enjoyed my metaphors. I am going to add some more just to make sure I cover the entire spectrum.

Thanks, too, for your most generous comment on my cell-phone etiquette hub. I will reply as soon as I am back home from work.

Have a good night's rest up there in the north, my dear CB. The sun (with all my love) is already here and on its way to you. As always.

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annitakison 3 years ago from california, USA

was OK to know several shapes that relations take

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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Dear Martie, I read this hub to my dog and he was not happy with the dog-cat advice. He says it is only out of love that he relentlessly chases the cat whose false sense of superiority is much overrated. Of course, he (the dog) also maintains a great relationship with his teddy bear which, unfortunately, has not survived the vigorous flea-ing which was performed in his best interests. PS I like your sense of humor and marked this one funny.

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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Martie I love this.. this actually goes with my poem Love Less Life. what can happen with out love.. lol.. dont want to sleep with a teddy bear.. so good to see you.. love your hub



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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

@ annitakison – Thanks for clicking in for the read :)

@ PegCole17 – Hahaha! Well, if your dog is a Labrador, you are okay :) Thanks for making me laugh.

@ Deborah Brooks – Lol! A cuddly teddy bear is the best, especially when he comes to life :)

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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

He admits graciously to being Labradorian with some possible Great Dane heritage to account for his tall stature. Return thanks for a mighty good chuckle.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Dear Martie - You can't imagine how that took me aback for a moment. No one - certainly not I - thinks of Texas as being 'up there in the north'! haha. I'm in North Texas, but that's still further south than most of the U.S. Only the "Deep South" states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and the rest of Texas are as far south as I am here in Dallas!

Then I realized how NORTH I am, compared to where you are! haha. I'm both north and west!

It's been a lovely sunny day, though we're to have clouds and rain tomorrow. Hope there's enough rain to mention. We've had only a quarter of an inch so far in May. When summer comes with the high temperatures and so little rain in the Spring, it will be disastrous.

My teddies enjoyed all the metaphors, too, by the way. :-)

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KrystalD 3 years ago from Los Angeles

This just delighted me and made me smile. Thanks!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Ooops! - I missed Georgia, which is another of the Deep South states on a similar latitude. Can't have that!

The southern part of Texas is on a similar latitude in the US ONLY with Florida, though.

San Antonio, Texas and Orlando, Florida are almost on the same latitude and each of those cities is not the most southern of their respective states.

I discovered something interesting, and that is that the latitudes of major Texas and Florida cities are similar North latitudes to many South Africa cities' South latitudes. Bhisho, SA is 32°53′S and my Dallas is 32°46′N.

So-o-o-- There's some trivia and your geography lesson for the day! ;-) hehe.

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

@ PegCole17 – Now how did I know your dog was a Labrador cum Great Dane? You know one can tell a lot about people by simply looking at their dogs. Lol! If my BF was a dog and not a Teddy, he would be a Lab-GD with just enough Rottweiler in him to kill a trespasser :) ................. (Now rushing to work..........)

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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Creative comparisons and marvelous metaphors for maintaining relationships, Martie. Happy you are happy, m'dear. Give Mr. B a great big 'mwah' for me.

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Good to see you 'back', drbj. I hope you are well and ready to entertain us with your marvellous sense of humor :) I'll certainly give Mr. B a proper snuggling on your behalf :)

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epigramman 3 years ago

Hello Martie and good morning from lake erie time 6:10am and thank you for your keen insight , perception, sharp wit, savvy and charm which always makes for an entertaining and enlightening read.

I was in the ER a couple of Mondays ago for a heart condition and spent the entire day there but I am okay now - my blood work is good but I have low potassium and my blood pressure was high so I will have to keep taking my pills.

I hope all is well with you and your family and the luckiest man in the world and I am sending to you 3 big hugs from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel as I watch the daybreak over the lake and will now make a cup of coffee and put on some nice classical music. Beautiful full moon last night over the lake and summer is here now in Canada

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi dear Epi, good to know you are okay again. Just listen to your doctor, is all I always say, because he is supposed to be the most qualified to keep you alive as long as possible. However, besides the potassium (we call it kalium) pills, eat a lot of tomatoes. I once developed a crave for tomatoes because of a potassium insufficiency - You'll find a hub about this on my profile, including a list of potassium-rich food. Take care up there on the banks of lake Eri :)

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agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

Delighted and Amazed. I wish you could see me smiling while reading this hub. For this quiet moment, I'm the boss. Tomorrow, back on being a slave, hehe.. this is great and the reality strikes. Voted up and shared!

Cute picture!

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

agapsikap - taking turns to be the boss and the slave sounds like a fair deal to me :) Enjoy!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Dear Martie, your hub makes everyone wonder which relationship they have entered into. Do you think cat and dog can resolve their differences? What about poor Teddy, will he get a new love? Will codicils be banned from wills after Laura's?

Seriously my friend, this was a great read. Your humorous approach helps bring some of these real life situations into focus. Job well done!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi tillsontitan - the power of humor has no boundaries. Really, how many times do we get a new perceptive via humor. Thanks for the visit and your kind comment :)

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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Wow. Now I really have to do some evaluating!! Thanks for sharing, Martie!!

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for coming by and sharing, midget :)

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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Found this one funny again the second time around. It's because you have ESP that you knew my current dog was a Lab. We had 4 dogs at one time - Flat Coated Retriever, Malamute, Chow and German Shepherd mix so what does that tell you? Cookie is still with us at 13 - the GS mix and Tony the Lab.

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Peg, I believe the dogs we like/love reflect in a way our personalities. I have seen this so many times - I find it hard to trust a person who prefer vicious killer-dogs above kind-hearted dogs. Maybe I should write a hub about this.... and take the punch when I step on some toes :) I love the Labs - they are extremely kind, but I will choose a German Shepherd - he is kind, though fatal to the enemy, more protective towards his own and less willing to make friends with every Dick, Tom and Harry. Talking about reflecting personalities! Lol!

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Susan Recipes 3 years ago from India

Wonderful hub. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for the vote, Susan :)

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colorfulone 24 months ago from Minnesota

This is funny, and I appreciate the laughs. I would pick another German Shepard, I have had a few, and each one was a good companion, friendly, liked everyone (well almost) and were guardians.

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MartieCoetser 24 months ago from South Africa Author

Glad you liked this humoristic indicator of relationships, colorfulone :)

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abrodech 22 months ago from 130 Linden St, Oakland, California, 94607

I've definitely had a few mother-son relationships, with dating guys who had bad manners and I had to tell them how to act properly, or guys who were easily offended and got all pouty like a little kid and I had to apologize and make them feel better. It was exhausting! I had to break up with them because I didn't like having to be a mother to my boyfriend, it's not fun!


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MartieCoetser 22 months ago from South Africa Author

abrodech, I agree with you - A woman wants to look up, or at least straight, and NOT down, to her boyfriend/husband. Sadly, too many boyfriends/husbands are merely their wife/girlfriend oldest adopted son, spoiled rotten by their mommy. Thanks for your input -

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