My wife and I are both pretty stubborn people. If she says she’s right about something, I’ll often argue with her about it. A couple of examples recently have shown that maybe it’s time to keep my mouth shut:
- North Face – It seemed that for Christmas, my wife would inevitably buy me a new coat. One year she got me a new leather coat, another year she got me a new dress coat, then a new fall coat, and one year a new winter coat. This was 2007 or 2008. She said I should get a North Face coat, but I resisted, scoffing at the idea that any coat should be as expensive as they were. I promised her “These coats are way too expensive. In a couple of years from now they’ll be like Members Only coats and nobody will be wearing them”. A couple of years later passed, the cheaper coats I asked for (and got) having worn out (and never really keeping me cold), I had a new coat on my Christmas list. This time I went for the North Face. Which I should have just done back in 2008! I love it. (UPDATE: I have had even better experiences with North Face in the months since!)
- The pen – A while back I saw a charge on our debit card statement from Staples or some other office supply store for around $15. I asked what it was for and my wife told me that she got herself a new pen. I asked “OK, great, but where’s the other $14.50 of stuff?” There wasn’t. I was incredulous that she spent that on a pen and let her know at every opportunity that I didn’t approve. Fast forward a few months later and I was working in the office and started using this pen. “Wow, this pen is really awesome, where did you get it?” You know the rest. A few months later I got, as a gift, my very own $15 pen. I didn’t say a single word about the price and it’s now the only pen that I use.
Men, next time your wife thinks she knows what’s best, listen. Giving into my stubborn nature, I have found that mine knows exactly what’s best for me. Which is just one reason I love her so much 🙂