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March 19, 2013

BEAM: No time like the present

No. Non. Nyet. Nai. Nein. Nahi. Aniyo.  Pardon all the negativity, but according to my husband, I need to practice saying no. You’d think a man would like a wife who always says yes. Not so in the Beam household. 

Progressive spouses do at times have their drawbacks, his unsuccessful attempts to change a well-established personality trait being one of the most recent. 

Last week, the discussion over our busy schedules came to a head, or to be more accurate, an upper lip. As he was shaving, my husband said that I do too much. For all the men out there, let me tell you a few things. First, when a woman is trying her darndest to accomplish work and family matters while still taking time to volunteer for goodness only knows what, it’s best to offer assistance rather than accusations. 

A bigger point to remember, don’t start a verbal quarrel while shaving. Anger has a way of causing hands to be unsteady. Drawing first blood in the dispute could take on a whole new meaning. 

After grabbing some tissues to cover up those karmic nicks, my husband continued to rail against my plethora of projects. Usually, I’d be too busy writing or returning emails or reading up on the dating life of Taylor Swift to actually listen to his concerns. Keyboard clacks are quite loud, you know. They tend to bury the low baritone voice of a man without much difficulty. Ignorance is bliss. 

But this time around, I couldn’t help but pay attention. If you know me, you know I love a good argument. Marrying an attorney has provided me with enough training in this art that the state should award me an honorary law degree. So I deliberately countered his points with the greatest technique ever invented in the history of relationships.

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