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My husband and I share the household chores. We haven't written down an official list of "who-does-what," but through the years we've each adopted a few tasks as our own. I take care of our flower gardens, planning vacations, and out of necessity, washing and drying clothes--my husband tends to shrink clothing. My husband is in charge of taking out the garbage, cleaning the litter box, and mowing the lawn (no arguments from me). But sometimes, I shamefully confess, if the lawn looks like it needs mowing on Tuesday, but my husband's planning on getting the lawn mower out on Saturday, I've learned some magic words to get him to change his schedule. No, not the magic words our young grandson is learning: please, thank you and you're welcome. Instead, my magic words sound more like this: "Dear, I know you like to take care of the lawn, but I thought that since the lawn needs mowing and I really need the exercise anyway, how about letting me cut it this time?"
"How long have we been married?" is my husband's standard reply.
Which translated, means we've been married 36 years, long enough for me to know that my husband doesn't want me mowing the lawn, pumping gasoline or taking out the garbage, unless he's flat on his back in bed and has two broken legs! My husband isn't sexist, but in his mind, when he sees a married woman out mowing the lawn, he's wondering what the heck is wrong with her guy.
Amazingly, even after 36 years of marriage the magic words (used sparingly) still work every time, and continue to be my own little secret--or at least I thought so. But after last Tuesday's exchange, I'm not so sure anymore. (Remember, I'm in Florida where the grass grows all year long.)
"Dear, I know you like to take care of the lawn, but I thought that since the lawn needs mowing and I really need the exercise anyway, how about letting me cut it this time?"
"Sure, Suzanne, you mow the lawn today, and I'll get started on doing that big pile of laundry." (Wink-wink)
Okay, I think I've been had, I wasn't planning on doing the laundry until Saturday.
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