ADVICE FROM A RETIRED HUSBAND

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 Luke. Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife,

Lu Anne. When I retired a few years ago, it became necessary for Lu Anne to

get a full-time job, along with her part-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 club 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 Lu Anne.

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.

Signed,

Luke

EDITOR’S  NOTE:

Bud  died suddenly on January 31 of a perforated rectum. The police

report says he was found with a Calloway extra-long 50-inch Big Bertha

Driver II golf club jammed up his rear end, with barely 5 inches of grip showing,

and a sledge hammer laying nearby. His wife Lu Anne was arrested and charged

with murder. The all-woman jury took only 10 minutes to find her Not Guilty,

accepting her defense that Bud, somehow without looking, accidentally sat

down on his golf club.