Knowing Your Spouse, Part II

The setting for this story is our dining room. The Mrs. and the kids are outside, when our soon-to-be 10-year old son enters the house through the back door near where I am standing.
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Nine-Year Old Son: Dad?

Me: What's up?

Nine-Year Old Son: Mom needs you out back.  She is picking a paint color for the swing set and wants your opinion.

Me: Do you know which color she likes already?

Nine-Year Old Son: Yeah, she likes the brown, but I said the dark green looks better.

Me: Now that is a tip.  Thanks.  I'll go with brown then.

Nine-Year Old Son: Why? You have not even seen the color choices yet?

Me: Son, my sense of suitable fashion and color is, well, non-existent.  I am unconcerned whether the swing set is painted brown, green, or even purple.  So, brown will be fine with me, everyone can move forward with their lives, and I'll save my potentially adversarial opinions for a decision that warrants such an engaged response.

Nine-Year Old Son: Huh?  Whatever dad.  Does that mean we can play football now?

Me: Give me 60 seconds with the Mrs.

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*Note: For the record, I said that "brown would work."

Part I of Knowing Your Spouse is here.

32 comments:

LisaF said...

You are a wise, wise man. Your son will benefit from your knowledge someday soon.

Hilary said...

Clever you. You averted further debate and taught your son one of life's lessons.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Smart move indeed.

Know when to hold 'em, know when to throw away...

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

You are a well trained husband! LOL! And it's never too late to teach your son the facts of life of living with a woman! LOL!

The Babaylan said...

you should run as a politician, slamdunk, sir:)

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Seriously, I'm going to have Matt contact you...he doesn't understand this sort of thing...AT ALL!!! This is hilarious! Now, just hope that your son doesn't tell the Mrs or you'll be in trouble!

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:

Sounds a lot like MY Dad...
(and he was a 4 color printing press operator, so he knew color)
He also knew my Mom.

So, when in doubt, defer to the missus...and never fall for "trick questions".
(that leaves the doghouse totally to "Fido", as it should be)

Great post.

ellejaysays said...

Very cute! A lot of new husbands could learn a thing or two from this!

Andrea said...

So wise... reinforce wife's decisions.

That's very close to a little trick I thought only women knew: "make him think it's his idea"

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Hopefully, your son will remember that one. Smart man.

Matthew Rush said...

Your wisdom, Mr. Slam sir, is immeasurable.

Shannon said...

Smart man! =)

Love your logic, too!

Rachel said...

what a wise response :-)

again thanks for the smiles.

Rachel

obladi oblada said...

Good answer!!!!

Lt said...

Half Solomon, half buddhist monk in that response. Well done.

SoccerMom said...

Such a smart choice.

My sportsman knows how to play the game.

The game of how to keep the soccermom HAPPY.
and if the soccermom is happy, well then the sportsman gets
some kickass sex.
Its all good!

Stephanie Faris said...

Hey, we have to pick our battles...some things just aren't worth it!

Candice said...

That is SO true!! Whenever I ask my husband for an opinion like that it goes one of two ways:

1. He agrees with me...decision made, we move on.
2. If he offers a different opinion, I will mull it over for a half hour before going with my original opinion.

Women!!

You can call me Ant. said...

haha, clever indeed! I just read the part 1, and cracked up. Anyhow, for the record in response to my blog, I didn't give that book the boot like I said I would. it's still sitting comfortably on my on my shelf. I moved on to Dean Koontz for now.and I'll go back to it one day I've decided.....maybe... and probably just because I spent money on it. Yeah, if it was from the library I wouldn't be so stubborn, so I get your logic. Later! ~Ant

Selma said...

I love this post. Strategy is everything. LOLZ.

malone8 said...

You're a very savvy husband SD. I think you should share your "wiseness" with your male friends.

All the best - Maxi

Momma Fargo said...

You are getting the hang of it! Way to work your snitch! lol

Suzanne said...

I absolutely love this! Love the intelligent deduction of choosing the brown AND telling your son even when he didn't understand what you were saying.

Holly said...

I always could tell you were a smart and logical man.

SuziCate said...

Very smart man!

ooglebloops said...

You are a wise man - how long did it take you to learn that lesson??/:>) Have a great weekend!!!

Alexandra said...

Well played :)

Rachel Cotterill said...

You've got it! :)

thoughtsappear said...

You, sir, are a very, very smart man. =)

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Catherine said...

Very smart man. Keep up the good work :)

Diana said...

I enjoyed the comments for this one just as much as your story. LOL!

I think you know how smart you are by now. :)