Three conversations with Brian.

The better you know someone, the fewer words you’ll need to express yourself in conversation.  On average, women tend to elaborate on their thoughts more than men do.  Men are great about simplifying a conversation.  My husband, Brian, is no exception.  (And I really enjoy that.)

1) Sitting across from each other, eating our anniversary dinner the other night, I looked at Brian and squinted.  The brief conversation that ensued would have never been so brief if I was having this same conversation with a girlfriend.

Me, “Brian, smile.”

Brian smiled.

Me, “Yep.  You have lines around your eyes from smiling.”

Brian, “Really?  That’s nice.  I’ve never had them before.”

And that was the end of that.  If only I could look down at my leg and, upon spotting a varicose vein, remark, “That’s nice.  I’ve never had that before.”  Yeah.  If only.

2) But a while back my hubby did reach out for a woman’s perspective.  And again, the exchange was brief.

Brian, walking into the kitchen, asked me from out of nowhere, “Is it bad to wear flip flops with socks?”

My gaze never wavered, “Yeah.”

Brian turned around and walked back out of the kitchen.  He left the house with no socks.

3) But my thoughts and opinions don’t always fall on such receptive ears.  Brian proved remarkable marriage maturity when he carefully requested that I hold my peace several mornings ago.

Brian, “Let me wake up a few minutes before you tell me what to do…  Please.”

Me, “Sure.”

I mean, it’s just a few minutes, right?


  1. November 21, 2011

    Too funny and very true, unfortunately I don’t have as much self-restraint as you…I tend to poke and prod to get more of a response when the minimalist answer is offered up. I need to take a lesson or two from you. Thank you for making me smile, as always 🙂

  2. November 23, 2011

    A HA HA HA! Awwww Sunanna, you hit him up right away in the mornings? At least let him have his coffee. 😛 LOL!

  3. December 12, 2011
    Adele Bernard

    I wish I could have that reaction to the wrinkle on the bridge of my nose. I think I could learn a few things from Brian. Love you both!

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