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Old 03-13-2006, 08:17 PM   #1
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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 Ron. Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife, Julie. When I took "early retirement last year, it became necessary for Julie 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 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, 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 yard. 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 Julie.

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 aging 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... Ron

EDITOR'S NOTE: Ron died suddenly Thursday February 26. He was found with a Calloway extra long 50-inch Big Bertha Driver II (golf club) embedded inside him with only 2 inches of grip showing...His wife Julie was arrested, but the all-woman Grand Jury accepted her defense that he accidentally sat down on it very suddenly.

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Old 03-13-2006, 08:50 PM   #2
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:11 PM   #3
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Yeah. He was prone to those sudden sit downs.
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Old 03-14-2006, 06:49 AM   #4
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Boy, Benita. If I didn't know better, I'd think that was written by our friend Charles about Pam.

Oh my! You don't suppose it was a pseudononymous contribution and that's why he never logs in here anymore, do you?

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Old 03-14-2006, 07:34 AM   #5
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Benita, you do find the best ones!
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Old 03-14-2006, 07:49 AM   #6
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he deserved it!!
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Old 03-14-2006, 08:19 AM   #7
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I thought Ron was very considerate.
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Old 03-14-2006, 09:04 AM   #8
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A candidate for sainthood, if ever there was one...
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Old 03-14-2006, 09:09 AM   #9
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OH FINALLY! Something really useful on this forum! I have read and re-read this and have determined that there is a lot to be learned from this one. I'm working on how to implement the lesson.
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Old 03-14-2006, 09:52 AM   #10
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HAAHAH that is a good one.

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