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From a Retired, Patient Husband.

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ADVICE FROM A RETIRED AND PATIENT HUSBAND

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 shout at them. Some are oversensitive, and there's nothing worse than an oversensitive woman.

My name is Carl. Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife, Carol. When I retired a few years ago, it became necessary for my wife 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 the evening meal.. I don't shout 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 golf club, so eating out is not an option in the evening. I'm ready for some home-cooked food when I arrive home. Carol 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 and that she will not feel like doing them in the morning before leaving for work.. 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 being tired and 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, Listen chaps, we take them 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, bingo wings and all that). 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 has only half-finished mowing the lawn. 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 orange juice and just sit for a while.. And, as long as she is making one for herself, she may as well poor me a beer.

I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Carol. I'm not saying that showing this much patience & 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 ageing 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:

After the publication of the above article in the Warrington Guardian it was reported that Carl had died suddenly on of a perforated rectum on January 31.

The police report says he was found with a Calloway extra-long 50-inch Big Bertha Driver II golf club jammed up his rear end, with barely 5 inches of grip showing, and a sledge hammer laying nearby. His wife Carol was arrested and charged with murder.. The all-woman jury took only 10 minutes to find her 'Not Guilty', accepting her defence that her husband, somehow without looking, accidentally fell backwards on to his golf club.

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You men...! You just don't know and appreciate how easy you have things compared to us women, who sweat blood just to keep you in the carefree, leisurely lifestyle you have become used to!  More power to the golf clubs!

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Good one Algy :lol:  :lol:  :lol:   You've given me an idea what to but my other half for his birthday :wink:

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