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