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Friday, July 07, 2006

How to solve the minor annoyances of marriage

Treat your spouse like an animal.

No, no, not that way. Get off them right now. Here, read this lovely piece by Amy Sutherland in the New York Times, in which she describes how she set about fixing a husband who was "forgetful," and "often tardy and mercurial." She writes:
He hovers around me in the kitchen asking if I read this or that piece in The New Yorker when I'm trying to concentrate on the simmering pans. He leaves wadded tissues in his wake. He suffers from serious bouts of spousal deafness but never fails to hear me when I mutter to myself on the other side of the house. "What did you say?" he'll shout.

These minor annoyances are not the stuff of separation and divorce, but in sum they began to dull my love for Scott. I wanted — needed — to nudge him a little closer to perfect, to make him into a mate who might annoy me a little less, who wouldn't keep me waiting at restaurants, a mate who would be easier to love.
Find out how she succeeded. And no, nagging is out! Don't nag the man! Treat him like an animal instead. Thank you.

(Link via email from Zigzackly.)
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