Saturday, June 21, 2008

He can dig it

Bless Matt's heart. He is a wonderful husband, and he treats me so well. But sometimes, he just digs himself into a little verbal hole that deepens with every word out of his mouth. And I have to admit that more often than not, I keep handing him the shovel.

A few days ago, we were getting ready for work and I asked him if he likes my hair being so short. He HATES when I do this kind of thing. First, because it's such a loaded question. Second, because it comes with no warning at all--moments before, we had been talking about when to get my car serviced. So you would think that since he knows the dangers of these waters, he would stay away. Simple and enthusiastic is always safe, like "YES! I love it."

That's not what he said.

You know what he said?

He said, "Sure. Now that you're, well, I mean, once women start getting to a certain age, well, I think, I mean, it's very appropriate for where you're at in life."

I think my eyebrows shot all the way to my hairline. I was torn between shock and amusement, so while I sorted out a response in my head, what did I do? Here's your shovel, honey. "So do you like it better than the old way?"

At that point, he realized he was in way over his head. I think "Ummm." was all he managed. Given the alternatives, I think that was a wise choice. Because I knew he was panicking and because I really did sort of set him up for failure, I let him off the hook. He exited the room as fast as humanly possible. I just finished fixing my "appropriate" hair and stuck the shovel in my back pocket for next time.


G Brown said...

Poor Matt!

But, whatever, I like your hair short and sassy. It's not that it's age appropriate, because whoever in the world came up with that, it's that it fits your personality...

Anonymous said...

Hahahahahaha!!! I can see his face as he said that, Nancy!! I'm laughing so hard because it has been a topic of conversation at our house too, MY hair! I don't know if you've noticed, but it goes down to the middle of my back (I can actually put my hand behind me and reach my hair without tipping my head back!)! Billy's comeback when I talk about cutting it or not is "honey, anyway you like it, I'll like it", such a copout! Anyway, thank you for the wonderful laugh and have a safe trip to the 'Wonderful World of Disney'! Know we are praying that you have a great trip!! God Bless you guys!