Despite Solomon saying, “A wise man’s heart guides his mouth,” husbands still have a way of saying things they shouldn’t. Even though Paul said, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others us, according to their needs, that may benefit those who listen,” men still have the amazing ability to stick their foot in their mouth. If we’d just learn to think before we speak our little world would be a better place to live in.
I’ve been there. I’ve done it. Just about the time the words leave your mouth you think, “I probably shouldn’t have said that!” Here are a few thing stupid things a husband can say to his wife. And just to let you know, one of these I said to my wife, Lea, not to long ago. Not smart.
- “Are you going to wear THAT?”
- “How’s it going, big momma?”
- “I make the money, I can do with it what I want.”
- “Honey, I bought you a surprise today… it’s a broom.”
- “Have you put on a little weight lately?”
- “That’s not how my mom did it.”
- “I like the way those pants make your tummy pooch out.”
- “Oh, I’m sorry, did you say something?”
- “You’re acting like you mother.”
- “Can we eat our anniversary dinner you made in front of the television and watch Sports Center?
(looking at supper) “What’s this stuff?”
- “I wish you dressed nice like Eddie’s wife.”
- “I wish you could cook more like my mom does.”
You have to agree, they are all “stupid” thing to say to your wife. So, can you think of any more “stupid” things? Things you’ve said or you’ve heard said? And, any guesses on which dumb statement above got me in trouble? I’ll give you the full story later.
A few years ago we were living in a house that had a really big kitchen with linoleum floors. It was such a pain to sweep with the “little” broom that we had. On my way to work one day I saw a truck parked along side the road with mops, brooms and other household cleaning items for sale. I thought to myself, “A considerate husband would buy a better broom for his wife to use so she didn’t have to use that little one.” I stopped and paid $25 for a nice dust mop (broom). I remembered how well they worked in my high school shop class.
When I got to work I called her to tell her I had bought her a nice prize that cost $25 and would bring it to her when I got home from work that day. I told her she could guess all she wanted but she’d never figure out what it was. I really thought I was doing something really nice. And now (hindsight is 20/20), I can see that a broom wasn’t one of those things she was guessing I would be bringing.
After a few hours of her trying to figure out what it was, I finally came home from work and handed her the broom. “Surprise,” I said, “I bought you a broom today.”
I probably don’t have to tell you the rest of the story, but I will tell you that she has never used that broom even once. It remains in the garage to this day.