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
My name is Ron. Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife,
Carol Anne. When I retired a few years ago, it became necessary for Carol Anne to get a
full-time job, along with her part-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 club 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 reminding her several times each evening
that they won’t clean themselves. I know she really appreciates this, as it does seem to
motivate her to get them done before she goes to bed…
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 points…
When doing simple jobs; she seems to think she20needs 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.
I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Carol Anne.
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
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.
Ron died suddenly on January 31 of a perforated rectum. The police report
says he was found wit
h a Calloway extra-long 50-inch Big Bertha Driver II golf club jammed up his
rear end, with
barely 5 inches of grip showing, and a sledge hammer lying nearby. His wife
Carol Anne was
arrested and charged with murder. The all-woman jury took only 10 minutes to
find her Not
Guilty, accepting her defense that Ron, somehow without looking,
accidentally sat down on his