This is a sad fact of life. Men are 90 percent bluster and 10 percent delivery. If you are lucky enough to find a good one, hang on to him because, they are a rare breed.
So ladies, if your husband is going to retire and he insists that he has a job description tell him, “Fine. Let’s sit down and write down all the jobs and the ramifications if they get done improperly or not at all.” “Let us determine who pays for the proper completion of the jobs.” “Finally, NO GOLF until all the jobs are done.”
The reason why I do not ask him to help around the house anymore is because I am sick and tired of doing the same job twice.
Henry likes to start a lot of projects but I end up doing all the work. Remember his famous tomato garden? Guess who ended up doing all the weeding? That’s right me. I weeded and watered, I staked them out and gave them plant food.
When we finally got one tomato guess who picked it and ran all over town showing off the wonderful tomato he grew?
If I wasn’t a woman who grew up in a Catholic household I would have just loved to tell him where he could put his wonderful tomato. But I didn’t.
As time goes by, ladies always remember that as management there is no need to get shafted because we have all the control.
Believe it men!
Diane Geerken is a retired professor of mathematics from SUNY Cobleskill. She is an outstanding seamstress and fills her “spare” time answering the cries of help from her husband Henry. Henry Geerken is a three-time NYSUT award-winner writing humorous articles addressing retiree and senior citizen concerns. Geerken also writes for Sail-World, World Cruising Newsletter, regarding his many humorous sailing episodes through the years. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/seniorscene.