80: A Real Fixer-Upper

80: A Real Fixer-Upper

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Married Life!

A Real Fixer-Upper

Women hope men will change after marriage but they don’t; men hope women won’t change but they do.

~Bettina Arndt, Private Lives, 1986

Gather near, my children,

Sit close beside my knee.

I’ll tell you just exactly

How your grandpa came to be.

If I remember rightly

’Twas his mane first caught my eye

With the part so way down low

And his hair heaped far too high.

But I knew that I could show him

How to fashion it just so.

I would mold him and remake him

To create the ideal beau.

The words he spoke so tritely,

“Don’t I know you from somewhere?”

Could be re-taught, I quickly thought,

And then he’d speak with flair.

His clothes, a wee bit tacky,

Were not the least in style

But, with some gentle coaching,

I would fix that in a while.

He was tall and somewhat pimply;

He was slender, much too lean.

(But I notice as he ages

Some things self-correct it seems.)

So I began my mission

To save this sorry man

To prove how very lucky

That he fell into my hands.

I tutored. I instructed.

I advised and I designed.

But somewhere in the process

Our courtship redefined.

Time taught me a lesson

And opened my eyes wide:

Forget the perfect package;

Find the gift that waits inside!


~Carol McAdoo Rehme

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