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    Advice from a retired husband


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    Advice from a retired husband

    Post by Willows on Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:43 pm


    My name is John. Let me relate how I handled the situation with my
    wife, Irene. When I retired a few years ago, it became necessary for
    Irene to get a full-time job along with her part-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 golf club 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 Men's Grill 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 Irene.
    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.

    His wife, Irene, was arrested and charged with murder. The all-woman
    jury took only 10 minutes to find her Not Guilty, accepting her defense
    that John, somehow without looking, accidentally sat down on his golf

    Uh-oh!! lol!

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    Re: Advice from a retired husband

    Post by oceanna on Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:53 pm

    Laughing All I can say is I hope Irene is finding life much easier now.

    Very Happy

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