~ From an Anonymous Contributor,
One of the irritation ruts in our marriage has been the late dinner routine. As my husband is a tax consultant, his appointments frequently run past dinner time. Around the middle of the month and during tax season, he is always late. Fascinating Womanhood has changed my attitude about this.
Not long ago, he informed me one morning quite defensively that he would be late for dinner; in fact, not to wait up for him. I replied cheerfully, “Thanks for letting me know early; now I can feed the children extra early and then I’ll fix you and me some steaks when you get here.”
“Oh, there’s no need to do that,” he said. “I don’t know exactly when I can get home. I’ll just eat a sandwich or something when I get here.” This was nobly stated and I new he planned to work on into the late evening and skip dinner. I firmly insisted that I would wait and went on with my plans.
I nibbled a bit as I fixed the children’s dinner and then accomplished a good many chores during the evening. Around nine I decided to fix a bit of a party atmosphere and set the table with candlelight. The steaks were ready to pop in the minute he arrived. When he came in 20 minutes later he was thrilled. As he sat down to enjoy his dinner, he said, “I wonder what all those poor slobs whose wives didn’t take the course are doing tonight!”
Then I noticed something I’d forgotten—napkins. Before I could get up, he jumped up so eagerly he upset his chair. He always before has let me run to the kitchen for forgotten items. It was then that I realized I’d really pleased my man.