Preventing Summer Injuries

Men Could Learn a Lot from Us

by Dorothy Rosby
 

My purse is as heavy as a bag of groceries after a sale on canned goods. I could learn a lot from my husband. He goes through his days with nothing but a cell phone and a wallet. But he could learn something from me too. He could learn to carry a purse. Then maybe he’d stop asking me to put his phone charger, sunglasses, checkbook, and socket wrench in mine.

Maybe I’m exaggerating, but we really could learn from each other. From me, he could learn to keep our house clean. From him I could learn to keep our car clean.

From him, I could learn to write legibly so that he could read my writing in the checkbook. From me, he could learn to read my writing. We’ve been married 28 years, for heaven’s sake.

From me, he could learn to stop putting cereal boxes back in the cupboard when they’re empty. From him, I could learn to stop putting milk in the cupboard when I’m distracted.

From me, he could learn where our stash of extra paper products is kept. (The same place it’s been stored since we moved in 18 years ago.)

From him, I could learn not to worry so much. From me he could learn to wear sunscreen, head to the basement when the civil defense siren sounds and be more concerned that unexpected guests may want to use our messy bathroom.

I think all couples could learn from each other. I don’t want to make sweeping generalizations here; everyone is different. But if I seem to favor women in the following comparisons, it’s because this isn’t Black Hills Man Magazine.

From men, women could learn to be more fun with their children. From women, men could learn to be gentler. Dads wrestle kids to the ground and toss them in the air. Moms drive them to the ER.

From men, women could learn not to be back seat drivers. From women, men could learn to drive.

From women, men could learn to stop changing channels. Women could learn to hide the remote.

From men, women could learn to order what we really want at restaurants, instead of always getting the salad with low-fat dressing then sneaking food off our husband’s plate. From women, men could learn to order the salad with low-fat dressing now and then.

From men, women could learn to stop asking our husbands how we look. From women, men could learn to tell us we look good before we ask.

From men, women could learn to shop less. From women, men could learn to shop less extravagantly. When women go on a shopping spree, they buy an outfit for themselves and socks and underwear for the whole family. When men go on a shopping spree, they need a cosigner.
 

Dorthy RosbyDorothy Rosby will be hiding this issue of Black Hills Woman from her husband and she advises you to do the same.

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