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Funny by Spursfan on 27 October 2007 5:42pm
I was sent this by my husband, who was sent it by someone else. You can adjust the names to suit (I have put any names in to show you).

Subject Michael's Story

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

My name is Michael. Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife, Helen.

When I took "early retirement" last year, it became necessary for Helen to get a full-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 course 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 dinner.

I don't yell 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 club so eating out is not reasonable. I'm ready for some home cooked grub when I hit that door.

She 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. 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 ageing 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, boys, we take 'em 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).

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 was 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 lemonade and just sit for a while.

And, as long as she is making one for herself, she may as well make one for me too.

I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Helen. I'm
not saying that showing this much 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 or partner 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.....

Signed, Michael


Michael died suddenly on May 27th. The police report says that he was found with a Calloway extra long 50-inch Big Bertha Driver golf club rammed up his ass, with only 2 inches of grip showing.

His wife Helen was arrested and charged with murder; however, the all-woman jury found her Not Guilty, accepting her defence that he accidentally sat down on it very suddenly.
Re: Funny by tucsonmike on 27 October 2007 8:17pm
Re: Funny by Palin_Lover on 28 October 2007 3:23am
Re: Funny by johnnythemonkey on 28 October 2007 2:26pm
'Michael' was such an understanding man. I could learn much from him. :)
Re: Funny by Spursfan on 28 October 2007 3:22pm
Lol Johnny (and nice to have you back on site!).

Perhaps I should've put 'Johnny' instead of Michael??!!
Re: Funny by mrsthing on 28 October 2007 10:47pm
My husband has either been giving lessons or taking them! But I'm nowhere near as patient as the wife in this story. I just hand him a mop or a dishrag and tell him to knock himself out. LMAO!
Re: Funny by elina on 29 October 2007 9:36am

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