WORTH THE READ FOR FISHING NUTS!
It is important for men to remember that, as women
grow older, it becomes harder for them to maintain the
same quality of housekeeping as when they were
younger. When you notice this, try not to yell at
them. Some are oversensitive, and there's nothing
worse than an oversensitive woman.
My name is Ron......Let me relate how I handled the
situation with my wife, Julie.
When I took "early retirement" last year, it became
necessary for Julie to get a full-time job, both for
extra income and for the health benefits that we
needed. Shortly after she started working I noticed
she was beginning to show her age. I usually get home
from the fishing about the same time she gets home
from work. Although she knows how hungry I am, she
almost always says she has to rest for half an hour or
so before she starts dinner. I don't yell at her.
Instead, I tell her to take her time and just wake me
when she gets dinner on the table. I generally have
lunch in the fish house at the club so eating
out is not reasonable. I'm ready for some home cooked
grub when I hit that door.
She used to do the dishes as soon as we finished
eating. But now it's not unusual for them to sit on
the table for several hours after dinner. I do what I
can by diplomatically reminding her several times
each evening that they won't clean themselves. I know
she really appreciates this, as it does seem to
motivate her to get them done before she goes to bed.
Another symptom of aging is complaining, I think. For
example she will say that it is difficult for her to
find time to pay the monthly bills during her lunch
hour. But, boys, we take 'em for better or worse, so I
just smile and offer encouragement. I tell her to
stretch it out over two or even three days. That way
she won't have to rush so much.
I also remind her that missing lunch completely now
and then wouldn't hurt her any (if you know what I
mean). I like to think tact is one of my strong points.
When doing simple jobs, she seems to think she needs
more rest periods. She had to take a break when she
was only half finished mowing the yard. I try not to
make a scene. I'm a fair man. I tell her to fix
herself a nice, big, cold glass of freshly squeezed
lemonade and just sit for a while.. And, as long as
she is making one for herself, she may as well make
one for me too.
I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I
support Julie. I'm not saying that showing this much
consideration is easy. Many men will find it difficult.
Some will find it impossible! Nobody knows better than
I do how frustrating women get as they get older.
However, guys, even if you just use a little more tact
and less criticism of your aging wife because of this
article, I will consider that writing it was well
worthwhile. After all, we are put on this earth to
help each other...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Ron died suddenly on October 3rd. He
was found with a fishing rod, extra long with hocks and weight
rammed up his ass, with only 2 inches of grip showing.
His wife Julie was arrested, but the all-woman Grand Jury accepted
her defense that he accidentally sat down on it very suddenly.