A Little Consideration For My Working Wife.

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  1. 88Silverado

    88Silverado 1/2 ton status

    Mar 13, 2003
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    Quartz Hill, So. Cal
    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 they did when they were younger.
    When men notice this, they should try not to yell.
    Let me relate how I handle the situation. When I got laid off from my
    consulting job and took "early retirement" in April, it became necessary
    for Nancy to get a full-time job, both for extra income and for health
    benefits that we need. It was shortly after she started working that I
    noticed that she was beginning to show her age.

    I usually get home from fishing or hunting about the same time she
    gets home from work.

    Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says that
    she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts supper.
    I try not to yell; instead I tell her to take her time and just wake me
    when she finally does get supper on the table.

    She used to do the dishes as soon as we finished eating. It is now
    not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after supper.
    I do what I can by reminding her several times each evening that they
    aren't cleaning themselves. I know she appreciates this, as it does
    seem to help her get them done before she goes to bed.

    Now that she is older she seems to get tired so much more quickly.
    Our washer and dryer are in the basement. Sometimes she says
    she just can't make another trip down those steps. I don't make a big
    issue of this. As long as she finishes up the laundry the next evening
    I am willing to overlook it. Not only that, but unless I need something
    ironed to wear to the Monday lodge meeting or to Wednesday's or
    Saturday's poker club or to Tuesday's or Thursday's bowling or something
    like that, I will tell her to wait until the next evening to do the
    ironing. This gives her a little more time to do some of those odds and ends of
    things like shampooing the dog, vacuuming or dusting.

    Also, if I have had a really good day fishing, this allows her to gut
    and scale the fish at a more leisurely pace.

    Nancy is starting to complain a little occasionally.
    For example, she will say that it is difficult for her to find time to
    pay the monthly bills during her lunch hour. In spite of her complaining,
    I continue to try to 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.

    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 embarrass her when she needs these little extra rest
    breaks. I tell her to fix herself a nice, big, cold glass of freshly squeezed
    lemonade and just sit for a while. I tell her that as long as she is making one
    for herself, she may as well make one for me and take her break by the hammock so
    she can talk with me until I fall asleep.

    I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Nancy on a
    daily basis. I'm not saying that the ability to show this much consideration is easy.
    Many men will find it difficult. Some will find it impossible.

    No one knows better than I do how frustrating women can become as they
    get older. However, guys, even if you just yell at your wife a little
    less often because of this article, I will consider that writing it was worthwhile.
  2. Blaze

    Blaze 1/2 ton status

    Aug 28, 2000
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    Raleigh, NC
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  3. k5ntexas

    k5ntexas 1/2 ton status

    Oct 29, 2001
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    corpus christi, texas.
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