Friday, June 23, 2023

One sign, two people


     Forty years is a long time for two people to hang around each other. And while I’d never claim that their minds start to run on parallel, even identical tracks, well, maybe I should just describe what happened today.
     So my wife and I are driving to spend the weekend with friends. And we’re a little early, with time to kill. So we stop by Potawatomi State Park, to hike for an hour.
     At one point, we pass the sign above, and I turn to read it as we walk by: “Please carry out your trash.” And I instinctively consider making a joke about it. But I immediately shake off the idea — no man should suggest that his wife is trash — preferring to smile inwardly than to air the joke and risk causing offense. Shutting up is an art for that requires constant practice.
     But even as I am silently basking in my triumph over the weisenheimer impulse, my wife stops, turns, takes a step toward me, reaches out, grabs my elbows and lifts.
     “What are you doing?” I ask, knowing the answer.
     “Trying to pick you up,” she replies, with a wicked smile.

9 comments:

  1. Ah, great minds do think alike!

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  2. Well, at least she has a sense of humor.

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  3. Forty One years here….we would have just added on to that sign by saying, “ and dog poop”

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  4. I understand. 41 years with my better half😊

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  5. Why is it that your wife can go directly to the low hanging fruit joke, yet the husband dare not go there? Rhetorical question of course.

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    1. Anybody who does not know the answer to this has not been married, or not been married long, or is not likely to stay married long.

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    2. Married 34 years next month sir. I know the answer, just don't accept it.

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  6. Very cool, dark, and foggy this morning.
    My wife and I went for a romantic stroll.
    On one of Cleveland's longest bridges.
    I kissed her in the fog and mist.

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