Helping the Ageing Housewife

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Mrs Womble, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. Mrs Womble

    Mrs Womble Member

    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 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 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 ageing 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.....



    EDITOR'S NOTE: Ron died suddenly on May 27th. The police report says that
    he was found with a Calloway extra long 50-inch Big Bertha Driver II golf
    club rammed up his ****, with only 2 inches of grip showing. His wife Julie
    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
  2. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

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  3. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    :confused::redface: I don't think he accidently sat down... :rolleyes:
  4. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    ha ha ha, well done Linda.

    Is it just coincidence that this "Ron" is one letter away from "Roy?" LOL :rolleyes:
  5. Mrs Womble

    Mrs Womble Member

    Just coincidence!!!!;)
  6. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    Well you may have notice that I've been walking a bit funny lately :frown:
  7. Charmed

    Charmed Active Member

    If you have a partner who is a bit shall we say 'tight' with money, threaten to get a cleaner, it works everytime. The house is cleaned, the washing done, pots are put in the dishwasher, washed and returned to the cupboard. Now, if only I could teach him how to iron!:confused:

    TIMBONE Active Member

    The fact that my wife's name is Julie is purely incidental :p and I don't play golf :biggrin:
  9. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Not any more, anyway ;)

    Mind, I should imagine a trombone slide would have much the same effect :eek:

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