We went to a movie the other night to see the latest Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones movie about mature relationships. It was fun as these two actors blend well and added a sense of depth to a rather old story of unattended love. I have to admit, though, the movie did bring up a feeling of unease in me. As the characters interacted with one another I began to wonder if I was taking my relationship for granted. It’s hard to know right off the bat I think. How does a good Butch Wife tell if she is really being ‘a good’ Butch Wife?
So on the way home from the movie I started thinking about my marriage. We’ve been together almost 30 years. We share just about everything except meditation and golf. When I try to meditate with a bunch of people sitting on their heels for some reason I get the giggles. I don’t know why, I just do. Also paying attention to what my mind is doing at any particular moment can be an exercise in futility for me. And she thinks golf is the stupidest sport in the world, with a bunch of people dressed in silly clothes chasing a little white ball around 3 miles of grasslands. I see her point, but nonetheless love to play as often as possible.
I make a point to tell her I love her every day. For me, being a ‘good’ Butch Wife also means taking care of stuff in the house without being asked to do it. I’m still working on that one as its becoming increasingly clear to me the amount of stuff to be done everyday just to have a comfortable life never seems to end! I am still battling an ongoing war with our ever present dust bunnies. I’m convinced there is something that will destroy these suckers forever out there but I just haven’t found it yet.
We try to never go to bed angry, and if there IS an issue to deal with, we try to remember how to fight fairly. I quite honestly can’t imagine a life without her and I’m pretty sure she feels the same, so we must be good, right? Sounds that way but how do you know for sure?
Maybe ensuring a good relationship should entail a daily reminder for us. When I was in business I had my daily reminder calendar to keep up on the things I had to do for the day. It was handy, took only a few moments to review and kept me from forgetting important due dates that could eventually lead to a raise. I still use reminder alerts on my smart phone. Just can’t seem to let go of some corporate habits I guess.
So I started putting together a preliminary Daily Butch Wife Relationship Checklist. Let me know what you think.
- Wake up and hug your wife.
- Brush your teeth pretty early on after waking to get rid of any birdcage breath that lingers from the night before, and certainly before you kiss her.
- Kiss your wife.
- Tell your wife she looks terrific. If you forget this one, go to step one, part B and start again.
- A daily shower may not seem necessary to point out but when you’re semi-retired like me that may not happen every day without a reminder.
- Comb your hair. Some days it just doesn’t seem worth it but you know she probably wants to look at something better than pointy gray hairs sticking up every which way out of your head.
- Smell your pits just in case you forgot something in the shower.
- As much as you want to wear that comfortable, soft, yet stained sweatshirt every day until it turns to threads, change it periodically for a clean shirt.
- Laugh with her every day.
- Dance with her with abandon when your favorite song comes on the radio.
This is just a start to a “Daily Good Butch Wife Relationship Checklist” so add your own stuff as you see fit.
Butch Wife Tip #21
After much contemplation and some side tracks into other topics, I have found the need to tend to one’s love relationship consistently as a ‘must do.’ Using checklists or just your good sense of considering others feelings as much as your consider your own can be helpful in ensuring you don’t fall into the abyss of taking her for granted. And if you do find yourself in that abyss, get out – get out quickly! Being there for any length of time will overcome you and swallow your love whole before you know it.