As a married man (twice!) of over 10 years (2.5 with wife #1, coming up on 8 with wife #2), I have come to the conclusion that I have no idea what the hell is going on. I THINK I know what’s up…but it’s not really what’s up. Apparently what’s “up” is that I have no idea what the hell I’m doing and all I can do is get myself into more trouble.
Case in point…11 days ago. Now, I know I’ve said that I didn’t want to talk about what happened but it’s really not THAT bad (in MY head anyways) so I’m putting it out there. Here’s what happened…I acted like a 6-year old boy. Hard to believe I realize, but it’s true. I was in a bad mood and there were all these things we HAD to do and it was a holiday. I just wanted a day to decompress. But I didn’t get that. Instead I got the kids yelling and the dog annoying me and my wife asking “What’s the matter? What’s wrong with you? Are you irritated?” 500 times and so I blew a gasket. A really big gasket. I yelled so loud the neighbors probably heard. It was childish, I realize, but I felt better after it happened and almost 15 minutes later I was ready to get on with the day.
Cut to today. Granted, it’s not the only stupid thing I’ve done since then (I am a guy, after all), but it’s easily the worst…and I’m still paying for it!?! C’MON ALREADY!!! It’s been 11 freakin’ days!
Look…I realize that me and my wife aren’t exactly the most compatible people in the world. She likes to socialize, I like to hang at home or go to a movie. She hates sports, I WORK in sports. She likes to shop, I like to not shop. She likes to be late everywhere we go, I’m usually on time (providing I’m by myself minus kids). I’m the head to her ache. The tomato to her paste. I’m the ying to her yang. But ya know what? I still love her.
I realize we don’t have a lot in common, but she’s my partner and we work through things. Granted, not every day is a day in heaven. But I feel like we both contribute to our relationship in ways that benefit both of us. Seriously, if it weren’t for her, I would have no idea what medicines to give our children. I would have no idea what to do for their schooling. I would have no idea not to wash the whites in hot water. I wouldn’t know these things!
Without me she wouldn’t understand what the left guard does on a football team. She would have no understanding that if the computer isn’t working she should shut it down and reboot it. She wouldn’t know what a “pick and roll” is. I’m not sure, but I don’t think she would know what a clock is. I am the ying to her yang…and that makes it work.
So…as of 1:30pm today, I am STILL in the doghouse. I’m just trying to keep my tail between my legs and behave like a good dog should. I just hope this punishment wears thin soon because eventually a hungry dog will bite…and THAT will SUCK! All I need is a doggie snack or something to tide me over…
Like maybe an “I love you” might work…