Friday, June 12, 2009

The Difference Between Men and Women

Antique Dealer
Antique Dealer

There's a huge difference between men and women, in case you didn't already know that. Wes and I are always finding those differences, many times at inopportune moments. The latest was Monday night, just as our guests were arriving for Andrew's party.

I had made punch, a punch that requires orange sherbet to be added at the last moment, so that there are pretty little creamy orange balls of sherbet floating on top of the punch. But I had forgotten to take the sherbet out a few minutes ahead of time to soften, so it was still hard. I struggled with it for a couple of minutes, and then my honey came to my rescue. Would I like him to help? Sure! He can whip anything into shape!

Wes fought with the sherbet and ice cream scoop for a couple of minutes, and then he did what any sane, reasonable man would do with stubborn sherbet: he ripped the paper container apart and plopped that whole blob of creamy goodness right into the punch! And then he opened the other one and did the same thing! Now, instead of beautiful little cream puffs floating in the punch, I had two big quart-size ice-cream-container-shaped plops floating around.

I have to admit, I wasn't happy. He'd ruined my punch. Beth and I had worked so hard to make sure everything looked just right. Now this . . . MAN . . . had plopped two big chunks of sherbet into my punch. But I didn't say anything to him . . . at least not for a while. When I did mention it, I said, "Honey, you know, the idea was to scoop little balls of sherbet into the punch, so it was pretty." And do you know what he said? "It got the job done, didn't it?" Well, yes, it got the sherbet into the punch. But all evening people were asking, "What is THAT?" as they approached the punch bowl. I was embarrassed. Not happy. But I survived (miraculously).

Looking back four days later, it's hilarious!!! It's so amazing what kind of things get under our skin, isn't it? I didn't even think of it again till last night after supper, and when I did, I burst out laughing. Wes was mystified (but not surprised, as I often burst out laughing for no apparent reason). Then I told him again that the punch was supposed to be pretty . . . and you know what he said? "It got the job done, didn't it?" I give up!


  1. Oh, this is hilarious! :) I smiled while reading this....I can so relate! My husband says those exact words, but his favorites are, "It ain't right, but it'll work." LOL! Funny, funny! Thanks for the chuckle.
    Have a great day, Susan!

  2. Hi Susan,
    Wes sounds like Dave. Pretty isn't in there world. It is all about getting a job done. I can't tell you how many times Dave has pulled out the duct tape to repair something. Talk about ugly. LOL
    Next time try microwaving teh shert for just a few seconds that will soften it up. That is what i have done before.

  3. That's too funny! Men do think differently from women. We like things looking pretty but they just think as long as the job is done it is good enough.

  4. So true! I understand completely, and I'm afraid I would have been silently fuming for a little while. Glad you were able to see the humor in it later!

    I was going to recommend microwaving hard ice cream, but I see someone already mentioned it.

  5. BTW, that's a cute and apt picture to go with this post!

  6. I could so see my Hubby doing such as that...LOL!

    Maybe a few seconds in the microwave will soften it next time! ;D

  7. Men! lol cute story!

  8. LOL! This is an ongoing 'struggle' in our home too ;)

  9. I came back because my comment has been bugging me. :-) I didn't want Wes to think one of your commenters was reflecting negatively on him. When I talked about "simmering," I meant that as a reflection on myself in situations like this where my husband and I would handle things differently from each other. Sometimes later I realize it wasn't that big a deal and I can see his side of it, and maybe I can even laugh at it. :-)

    Sounds from the comments like this post hot home with many! It's good to share because then we all are reminded that these kinds of things are normal. :-)

  10. Oh, I loved this!!! This kind of thing happens all the time. You handled it very graciously!
    Mrs. White

  11. I needed this chuckle. thanks


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