The contractor looked around the bathroom and said “Wow. You know, this place really turned out nice!” There was an insulting degree of surprise in his tone of voice.
I raised an eyebrow.
“When I was told that you wanted me to build a wall here even though it meant it would stick out past the window, I thought you were nuts. But now that it’s done, it looks really great! The shower works perfectly there, and the shelves were an excellent idea.”
Smiling sagely I said, “See? That’s why you shouldn’t question a lady’s vision.”
I recounted the story to Randy later.
“And that,” I concluded “is why he’s divorced, and you’re not.”
Randy chuckled his agreement.
But, on the other hand…
Randy came home last night with a special edition Time magazine that he thought would interest me because of its focus on how the mind works. He handed it to me and said “I thought you could use this.”
Your Brain: A User’s Guide.
I took one look at the title and burst out laughing.
“Um, thanks.” I managed to say.
The poor man hadn’t paid attention the the actual title of the magazine, so he didn’t realize until then the significance of what he’d said to me. Flustered, he quickly apologized. “I didn’t mean it like that!”
Of course I knew that; it only added to my enjoyment of the situation. It still makes me smile when I see the magazine sitting there.