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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Honey-do

Server and Servee.
I'm a people-pleaser.
Or try to be.
Call it a weakness.
But I've always had this compulsion to make everyone around me as comfortable as possible.
Most of the time, it's fun.
Occasionally, not.
Let me tell you about it.
When I was first married, my greatest wish was to see my new Husby happy, comfortable and well-fed.
I worked hard at it.
Fortunately, he is a kind and considerate man, so all was well.
I had meals ready at meal times.
Kept the laundry done.
Cleaned the house.
Ran errands for him.
This went on for some time.
Then, I began to realize that some of the 'errands' were jobs he could have done equally well himself.
And probably should.
Case in point:
Whenever he would use a tissue ( Kleenex), he would then hand me said used tissue and I would hunt for a garbage to throw it in.
True story.
Can everyone say “gullible”? Everyone?
This went on for nearly three years.
Then, one day, we were at a reception.
My Husby used a tissue and turned and held it out to me.
Now, the normal people-pleasing Diane would have taken it and found a place to dispose of it.
The new Diane looked at the tissue, then at my Husby and said, “Throw it out yourself.”
Whereupon (good word) he laughed and stuck it into his pocket. “Finally caught on, did you?” he said.
And that's when I hit him.
Oh, not hard.
Just enough for him to know that I was . . . displeased.
And that he could run his own stupid errands from now on.
Ha!
There.
I said it. See how much I've learned?
Erm . . . can I take that for you?

3 comments:

  1. Smiles. And the people pleaser in me, still tries. Too hard.

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  2. Oh, he had your number, didn't he! I hope you hurt him just a LITTLE :)

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  3. I'm the same way with my husband most of the time, but he's like that with me too I guess. Depends on the day. I can remember when we first got married though I did the same thing and I would cook these big elaborate meals and one night he looked at me and said, "Honey, do you think we could just have a soup and sandwich sometime or a cheeseburger.

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