RETIREMENT WARNING . . . .
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 wife,
When I took "early retirement" last yea r, 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 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 r eminding 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
lodge 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
t he 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
clubs are a mess, so I let her clean them, you know.....get the grit off the
grips and a little light Brillo on the club faces at a casual pace. My golf
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-golf nap, so rather than bother me;
she can put them back in the trunk when shes finished.
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 ta ke 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 points.
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 while. And, as
long as she is making one for herself, she may as well make one for me too,
and then take her break by my hammock. That way she can talk with me until I
I know that I probably look like a saint in the wa y 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 other...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Ron died suddenly Thursday Feb.3. He was found with a
Calloway extra long 50 inch Big Bertha Driver II rammed up his posterior,
with only 2 inches of grip showing. His wife Julie was arrested, but the
all-woman Grand Jury accepted her defense that he accidentally sat on it,
I'm so sorry to hear about Ron's passing. I didn't know him by his screen name, but I know I worked for him. He was in management. Supervised all the techs and reported to the owner of the company. The company only lasted a few years after Ron started. It was a great place to work up til then. I'm surprised another company didn't snap him up since he was so good at talking to the owner.
May he rest in pieces, er, I mean peace. Sorry SOB