Thursday, October 23, 2014

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: How to get out of doing housework

By AMY NEWMARK, Chicken Soup for the Soul | 4/28/2014

Saralee Perel has a dog problem, or really a husband problem. The thing is — as she wrote in her story “Second Class Citizen,” published in one of our dog books — “He won’t admit it, but my husband, Bob, who is crazy about me, likes the dog better.”

One day, when Bob was cleaning out the fridge, with Saralee standing nearby, Gracie, their golden, came in. “Hey, Sweet Potato. Got a kissy?” Bob said, to the dog.

Saralee Perel has a dog problem, or really a husband problem. The thing is — as she wrote in her story “Second Class Citizen,” published in one of our dog books — “He won’t admit it, but my husband, Bob, who is crazy about me, likes the dog better.”

One day, when Bob was cleaning out the fridge, with Saralee standing nearby, Gracie, their golden, came in. “Hey, Sweet Potato. Got a kissy?” Bob said, to the dog.

Later in the living room, Bob goaded Saralee about her dislike of housework, a frequent topic of the couple’s banter. Gracie approached him and dropped a toy in his lap. “Thank you, Gracie. But I’m not mad. Your mother just doesn’t do any housework, that’s all.” Saralee, teasing him the way she often did, suggested that communicating through the dog might not be best for anyone’s mental health. Bob didn’t appear to hear her.

“Howdy-do?” he said to Gracie, who lifted her paw to his lap. “They sat holding hands while we spoke,” Saralee wrote.

“You’re nicer to the dog than you are to me,” Saralee said. Bob, defending himself, pointed out that she always brought that up when he teased her about housework.

Saralee knelt beside Gracie. “Why don’t you tell Dad that I’ll do more around the house if he’ll start treating you like a dog?” she asked.

In her story, she wrote: “Bob will never do this, so I’m safe.”

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