Married shorthand...

>> Friday, 18 September 2009

Text from me to Husband:

'Your bike needs moving. Where are the keys?'

Text from Husband to me:

'on top of glass cabinet, or in trouser pockets, on on chest of drawers in bedroom or on table in office. In that order xxx'

I took a moment to think about how, when he loses things, they are never in the first place Husband looks. Then I decided to start with the table in the office.



A week ago the internet was full of tales of remembrance for those who lost their lives in New York on September 11th, 2001. Many of them were emotional and affecting, but none of them moved me as much as this one posted yesterday on Boondock Ramblings; I recommend you take a look.


Single Parent Dad 18 September 2009 at 10:14  

I'm the same, I always look where they SHOULD be last, as I never expect myself to have left them there.

When I went to bed last night, I threw my hoody onto the floor - yeah, that's how I roll - knowing my car keys were in the pocket, and it did cross my mind that I wouldn't remember that in the morning. Don't know if that means I am being more responsible or not.

memoriesdad 18 September 2009 at 11:23  

I don't know any guys (myself included) who can find anything. Wallets, phones, keys... you name it. Essentially it's an object 'blindness'. Even when it's there I can't see it and it takes my wife to look again to find it. Over the years she's found this a teeny weeny bit frustrating.

Very moving link BTW.

Potty Mummy 18 September 2009 at 11:32  

Gentlemen both; it's called 'the man look' (Trademark: my mother who has to put up with an expert at it for 45 years). You know it MD - when you look in the fridge and ask 'where's the butter?' when it is in front of your nose...

And SPD, hoody on the floor? Yes - very responsible. Husband's dad used to say 'at least if it's on the floor I haven't got far to look'. Mind you, when he moved into a home it took 3 skips to clear the stuff that was easy to find 'on the floor', so just bear that in mind...

Martini Mummy 18 September 2009 at 11:53  

This made me laugh out loud, because it's so true. In our household, beloved husband inexplicably leaves cupboard doors open and most of the time doesn't even know he's done it. Rather worryingly, his father does the same thing.

SPD - a hoodie? Steady.

Elise 18 September 2009 at 17:30  

You are so right ! Have a lovely weekend..

porridgebrain 19 September 2009 at 05:56  

This is a familar scenario in my house too! Despite being quite organised in where I keep things, if it's not with two feet and in plain sight I will still get the inevitable, "Jo? Where's the...?"
It is in the exact same place it always is my love. Now for goodness sake USE YOUR FRICKIN EYES!!!

Potty Mummy 19 September 2009 at 20:48  

MM, blame your mother in law for his behaviour. Even if it's not true, it's very therapeutic...

MT, thankyou!

Elise, you too.

PB, use the phrase 'man look' to refer to this behaviour. I find putting a label on it a) makes you feel better and b) goads them into doing it less. Win/win...

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings 19 September 2009 at 21:42  

Oh my. I didn't even see this post for some reason...(uh...toddler yelling at me to play!play!play! I guess). Thanks for the link and the lovely words. You're a sweetheart! (And I don't use that term often so you know I mean it!)

Frog in the Field 20 September 2009 at 09:31  

You're terribly clever Potty, I always look everywhere except my husbands' pockets, being a farmer, he does tend to have lots of bits of string and horrible things in them!
Loved the link.

Potty Mummy 20 September 2009 at 10:45  

Lisa, it was a great post.

Frog - I totally would NOT go into Husband's pockets. I think all men's pockets are probably full of revolting stuff, to be honest...

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