Did you know? When you are surrounded by other humans, there is often trouble.
It’s a rotten world.
Ok, that might be a bit of an overstep. I mean, we have wonderfulness, here in this world. We’ve got purple Spring flowers. We’ve got funny cat videos. We’ve got chocolate. We’ve got people who are kind and loving and generally peaceful.
But also? There’s rottenness. I’m sorry, but we all act rotten every once in a while. You know you do. Don’t argue.
The other day my husband came home late from work. Dinner had been served. The dishes cleaned. We had “moved on with our lives,” and he was not too happy about this. Also, I think he was hungry, so you know. That doesn’t make for a good behavior sometimes.
Anyhow, he came into the living room where I was participating in my nightly ritual of folding ten million clothing items, and asked, “Is there… food?” He tilted his head towards the kitchen. “In there?”
I smiled and said, “We already ate, but I’m sure there’s something.” And he responded with this gem:
“WHAT. LIKE AIR? ” And stomped off.
The husband. A master at the one-liner. I snapped a pair of underpants and felt my insides simmer.
Now, granted, usually I have leftovers. But tonight’s meal had BEEN leftovers and we had hoovered them. All that was left was a sad carrot stick and some… Air. So, perhaps I should have, as the Dutiful Wife, made him something. Yes. Totally, I should have done that because that would have been the nice thing to do. I totally didn’t. I forgot because my brain gets wispy after 7 pm.
But also? The AIR comment was a bit uncalled for. Don’t you think? I mean… how rude.
Sorry-ness usually happens because two people are involved. Usually. It doesn’t occur all alone. I mean, rarely does a rude tree in the forest and everyone else around him heard it, because RUDE.
Ok, I don’t really know if that analogy works, but bear with me.
My POINT (thank goodness, I know) is that … Brian felt tired out. He came home late which means, work, you know. I think he goes into that building sometimes like it’s one of those Roman coloseums. Except no real lions or spears or death. That’s a plus.
But, I could have at least left him some applesauce. Everyone deserves applesauce after a hard day at the coloseum.
So, later the husband approached. “I’m sorry,” he said. “I’m grumpy.”
“Me too,” I responded, vaguely. This kind of answer is totally superior because it doesn’t really elucidate if I am SORRY or I am GRUMPY, therefore I have TOTALLY STILL HELD ONTO NOT HAVING TO APOLOGIZE.
And so therefore…
I WIN THIS ROUND. I TOTALLY WIN. I WIN AT BEING MARRIED!!!!
Ok, now that THAT’s out of the way, it’s possible I also muttered,
“I’m sorry too. I love you. Here’s some applesauce. And I put some cinnamon on it.”
AND WE ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
Until the next opportunity for saying “sorry” occured. Which was probably within a twenty minute time span. That’s how we roll.
Also, I must share with you this little preshusness:
I found this in Blonde’s backpack. It seems his buddy had the HORRIBLE AUDACITY to correct my eight year old on cultural relevance. Therefore… I think there must have been an argument.
An eight year old version of an argument goes like this:
Blonde’s friend: Sate Patrc Say. YOU DON’T KNOW.
Blonde: Yes, I do.
YOU. DON’T. KNOW.
I know. It’s totally got you on the edge of your seat, doesn’t it? This could be a script for The Good Wife, I tell you.
So… Blonde’s friend wrote him a little apology note. Which is adorable.
We can learn a lot from the eight year olds. They get mad, about holidays mainly, I think, and then they are over it.
I’ve watched my six year old go through all five stages of grief about some horrible thing his brother did to him in thirty seconds. Seriously, you could feel the wind off of those stages. He whipped through them. It was awe inspiring.
But perhaps… this just sums it up best.