Until Death Do Us Part

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - August 15, 2007
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In the nearly 20 years that my wife and I have been married, I don’t think we’ve ever been apart for more than a day or two. There was one time after our son was born where I was on a quick business trip. I was away for three days and two nights.

With a new baby, it felt like I was gone for a month. Since then, and I absolutely swear to this, my wife and I have not been apart for longer than one day. That’s why by the time you read this, that record will have been broken.

I am going with our now 18-year-old son to settle him in California, where he will be attending college. My wife is staying back as our 10-year-old daughter is starting school. I’m pretty sure our son leaving home will overshadow the fact that I’ll be apart from my wife.

In fact, it’s going to get downright ugly as my wife says goodbye to her “baby boy.” It will be separation anxiety times a billion. I know from my own experience and am reminded almost every night. I’m talking about watching movies or TV with her.

As far as theater movies go, my wife and I are at opposite poles for what we like to see. I like guy flicks and she likes chick flicks - enough said. We usually can’t go to the movies together until our daughter is asleep. By that time, my wife usually wants to just hit the sack.

I once suggested that I would go to the movies by myself and she unleashed a major guilt trip on me, implying that I didn’t want to do anything with her anymore. She doesn’t even want to watch television separately from me for the same reason.

We both like the show Entourage on HBO. I record it on our DVR unit so we can watch it after our daughter is sleeping as the content warrants major blockage from kids. My wife and I will set up on the couch and I hit the play button.

About three minutes into the show my wife will be fast asleep. I can’t blame her as she works a long, hard day, but I want to watch the show. Anyway, I’ll view the entire recorded episode and then I’ll wake her up to go to bed.

The first thing she says is, “You mean you watched the whole show without me?” I’m dumbfounded and offer to watch it again with her. By that time, the guilt bullets are fired, “No, you’ve already seen it and I don’t want to force you to watch it with me.”

That sets the new law in stone which all husbands should heed lest we all be left out of another marriage activity which requires both parties.

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