My husband enjoys having new things. I, on the other hand, only buy things when I need them. Quite often our conversation goes like this.
“We should buy new trash cans.”
“Why? What’s wrong with the ones we have?”
“We have been using those for more than 20 years!”
“So? They are not broken and still serve the purpose.”
“They look ugly. I saw some on Internet that look really nice.”
“Come on, how often do you look at trash cans?”
… (It went on and on.)
At the end, 50 percent of the time, I gave in. After all, the poor guy has lived with those ugly trash cans for 20 years. Twenty years is a long time.
Apparently, he has figured out that I often softened when he mentioned the magic words “20 years”. One day, he said, “I need buy new shoes.” Pointing at his shoes, he continued, “I have been wearing these shoes for more than 20 years. As a matter of fact, I think I wore them when we got married! “
I got a little confused. “Didn’t you buy a pair of shoes last week? And another pair a month ago?”
“Yes,” he said. Grinning, he added, “But this pair I am wearing now is more than 20 years old!”
I laughed, and he did too. I was happy that we were able to laugh at the differences between us.
Happy Valentine’s Day!