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Happy Wife

Once upon a time there was a man with a thousand wives and this is the gained wisdom he shared with us.

“Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.”  Proverbs 5:18.

“A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day;” Proverbs 27:15.

“It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.”  Proverbs 21:9.

A jeweler here in town put up a billboard and summed it up in just four words.  “Happy Wife – Happy Life.”

Moods are very contagious. They spread through a room like a virus – happy or gloomy.  Sometimes we have had a miserable day at work.  We had to pretend to be nice because we need the paycheck.  But when we get home we think it is safe to spill our vile on our families.  Beware – It isn’t safe to do so.  We end up poisoning the one really safe place we have.  If we need the catharsis take your dog to the basement and dump on him.  He will reward you with lots of licks.  I once knew a very attractive couple who were skilled in the art of verbal barbs.  They were better than Don Rickles.  We all howled with laughter until one day they announced their divorce. Bite your tongue when that ever so witty putdown comes to mind.  At the time it might not seem like it made a difference.  It did!  It was one more straw.

Tell her how wonderful she is.  Tell her how beautiful she is.  Tell her what a great mom she is.  And it will come to pass.  It’s the way we are.

Written by Roger Bothwell on February 21, 2013

Spring of Life, PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574