As Women Grow older
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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 Ron......Let me relate how I handled the situation with my
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 Duck Blind 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 at HOOTERS so eating out is
not reasonable. I'm ready for some home cooked grub when I hit that
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 appreciates this,
as it does seem to motivate her to get them done before she goes to bed.
I really think my experience as a teacher helps a lot. I consider
telling people what they ought to do; it's one of my strong points...
Now that she has gotten older, she does seem to get tired so much more
quickly. Our washer and dryer are in the basement. Sometimes she says
she just can't make another trip down those steps. I don't make a big
issue of this; as long as she finishes up the laundry the next evening,
I'm willing to overlook it. Not only that, but unless I need something
ironed to wear to the Monday Delta meeting, or to Wednesday's or
Saturday's poker club, or to Tuesday's or Thursday's bowling, or
something like that, I will tell her to wait until the next evening to do
the ironing. This gives her a little more time to do some of those odds
and ends like shampooing the dog, vacuuming or dusting...
Also, if I had a really good day on the course and it was wet and muddy,
my decoys are a mess, so I let her clean them, you know get the grit off
My decoy bag is heavy so I lift it out of the trunk for her. Women are
delicate, have weak wrists and can't lift heavy stuff as good as men. But
I did tell her I don't like to be wakened during my after-noon goin duckin nap, so
rather than bother me; she can put them back in the trunk when she 's
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 get herself a
nice, big, cold glass of beer and just sit for
awhile. And, as long as she is getting one for herself, she may as well
get one for me too, and then take her break by my hammock. That way she
can talk with me until I fall asleep.
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 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
Ron died suddenly Thursday February 3rd. He was found with a
extra long 50 inch baretta extrema II barrel rammed up his posterior, with
only 2 inches stock showing. His wife Julie was arrested, but the
all-woman Grand Jury accepted her defense that he accidentally sat on it,
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