41: The Long Way Around

41: The Long Way Around

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Married Life!

The Long Way Around

Soul mates are people who bring out the best in you.
They are not perfect but are always perfect for you.

~Author Unknown

My husband and I are soul mates. We also have completely opposite ways of coming up with solutions to problems that arise in our lives. While I, the former preschool teacher, use my college training class method of K-I-S-S (keep it simple stupid), my husband comes up with the most time-consuming and detailed methods he can possibly dream up.

My wonderful significant other was shopping with our daughter and grandson and found us a new bed set. You know the kind: dust ruffle, comforter, shams and decorative pillows. We had needed a new set for a long time.

It’s a very nice set. Since it was in a clearance bin, it was a real bargain. He wanted to surprise me. So as soon as I walked in from the day job, he made me close my eyes and he guided me into our bedroom.

I was quite pleased — but a bit taken aback by how massive our queen-sized bed appeared. Being a mere five-foot-one-and-a-half-inches, I already had to sort of boost myself up onto the mattress. Now, the bed stopped at my waist!

Being the curious type, I asked why we suddenly had a resting place right out of The Princess and the Pea.

His answer: “The dust ruffle was too long. I had to go to the store and buy bed frame extenders, so it wouldn’t drag on the floor.”

Six inches worth! This wasn’t where it ended either. Oh no.

My husband then realized that he had to raise the headboard, the picture just above it and last but not least he built extensions to our nightstands. Then came the “sad” part — he told me he was going to leave the TV stand and the bureau on the other half of the room at their original height.

Next question — did the extenders include a stepladder? No, but my darling did realize that having a “height-challenged” wife meant he’d have to purchase one.

How would a wife have handled this problem? If I had found the bargain bed set and saw that the dust ruffle was six inches too long, I would have taken it to my dad, the retired upholsterer, and had him hem the darn thing. Yes, I would have had to wait a couple of weeks, but heck, what’s time?

That’s why our marriage is so strong — my husband is a dear, I love him with all my heart and he makes me laugh. The thought he put behind our “Land of the Giants” bedroom is worth every penny he added to his shopping spree.


~Carine Nadel

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