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

Debbie. When I took "early retirement" last year, it became necessary for

Debbie 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 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


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


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 Debbie. 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, Bob

EDITOR'S NOTE: Bob died suddenly on March 7th. The police report says

that he was found with a Calloway extra long 50-inch Big Bertha Driver II

golf club rammed up his ass, with only 2 inches of grip showing. His wife

Debbie was arrested and charged with murder; however, the all-woman jury

found her Not Guilty, accepting her defense that he accidentally sat down

on it...

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