Posted by Joke at 1:20 PM
Frogdancer posted at 3:39 PM, January 06, 2008
I should print out four copies of this post for each of my boys...
Your wisdom and sharp instinct for self preservation is inspirational. My lads could learn much from kneeling at the feet of the master that is Joke and learning how to live, thrive and survive in the real world.
Not that they're ready for marriage yet, (16, 14, 13 and 11)but at least they'll have some pre-planning time to avoid the pitfalls their father (my ex husband) fell into.
May your wisdom keep your a) and b) goals satisfied, and your wife never realise that you're only half listening as she raves!
Joke posted at 3:46 PM, January 06, 2008
If the choice is to stand my ground in a chest-thumping, Alpha male way or, on the other hand, simply sprinting to expedience...I find I could use the exercise.
For better or worse, I am fixated on results, at the expense of process or intention.
Stomper Girl posted at 12:10 AM, January 07, 2008
Honey I finished thrashing the recalcitrant offspring, want me to make him tidy his room too??
But Why? Why can't you men have a crystal ball. You know we want you to.
Joke posted at 12:18 AM, January 07, 2008
I have a theory. No, wait, scratch that.
I have a hypothesis as to why women want men to have a crystal ball. It's only a hypothesis, so the rough edges will need a lot of sanding before I present it as a fully functioning theory to the Husband Guild.
I think women want men to have a crystal ball because if a man were able to do what the woman wanted without being asked then that would be indicative of said man being REALLLLLLLLY in love with her, because he is so attuned to her every requirement that he has trained his senses to, er, sense said requirements.
Stomper Girl posted at 12:21 AM, January 07, 2008
Hmm. You don't think it's because women are able to sense what the matter is when the positions are reversed, and we're just amazed that men can't? Without wanting to make too many sweeping assertions here....
Joke posted at 12:30 AM, January 07, 2008
That may have something to do with it. Sort of like when one of you is fluidly bilingual and the other has avery, er, tenous command of just the one language.
Part of it could be what you state, but I think deep down many women are imagining how cool it would be if Mr. Wonderful would intuit the way women seem to do.
Incidentally, I have discovered that intuition (in this realm anyway) can be faked with not-bad-results.
bluemountainsmary posted at 4:56 AM, January 07, 2008
If you would permit me a little crudity here
I have told my J on a number of occasions that foreplay is a 24 hour exercise. It has taken him a number of years to get to grips with that notion. He has certainly learnt that cooking me a meal helps things along nicely. As will a superb glass of wine.
Joke posted at 7:44 AM, January 07, 2008
Whew. For a moment there I thought you meant crudités.
shula posted at 7:46 AM, January 07, 2008
If you guys HAD a crystal ball, then you would most likely be female which, while making domestic arrangements far less complicated and political, would probably take all the fun out of it.
Or something like that.
Badger posted at 11:08 AM, January 07, 2008
Heh heh. You said "limp" and "floppy" and didn't even tell me to shut up afterwards. Bit off your game, old boy, eh wot?
Sarah O. posted at 1:30 PM, January 07, 2008
I suspect your troubles may lessen once the kids are back in school and no longer underfoot.
Too bad, because you write so well when aggravated.
Joke posted at 11:44 PM, January 07, 2008
Badge - Well, DUH. I was all floppy and limp.