Marriages woes work both ways
I WAS out walking the other morning with my two attack dogs - a cairn terrier and a toy poodle, to be more precise - when I ran across one of my old mates who I see either paddling or pedalling.
This day he was doing the latter.
Did I mention my two dogs had little jumpers on?
I must have looked pretty tough as I waddled along and my old mate (probably about 65) commented on the dogs and how cold it was.
I replied that I was starting to find it hard to get out of bed with the change in weather and he agreed, but was in full bike regalia, looking like he was about to lead an expedition to the South Pole.
He said that when he got up that morning and started putting on all his gear, his wife rolled over in bed and said, "You look ridiculous, you old fool."
"Yeah," I told him, "that's the sort of support I get as well. They are sure good for your self-confidence."
As he rode off he turned and said, "Yes, we all have one at home."
Later in the day I went to the Caloundra Cup, enjoyed a lovely afternoon with maybe a bit too much of the sponsor's product, went home, watched the footy and fell into a blissful slumber.
The next morning "the one I have at home" sarcastically thanked me for helping her batten down the hatches when a terrible storm hit.
She reckoned it was blowing that hard she could hardly get the outside blinds down, shift furniture and close doors and windows while I, of course, had been oblivious.
About half an hour later I heard her talking to the neighbour, who apparently also had a soundly sleeping husband who was no help.
She said he was such a good sleeper that a few years back a car crashed into their house at night and despite police and the usual emergency crews turning up, he didn't wake up.
That afternoon, the better half was ironing and I asked her if she could do something for me - something hard, like pass me the remote.
She replied, "Sure thing, as long as you don't want anything ironed, that will be fine."
It seems it works both ways.
Seeing that this year we have been married for 30 years, I might ask Canberra for some type of medal for enduring partners - they all deserve one.