Sunday, April 3, 2016

Chris Matthews, A Hero

What a week!  It finally happened, folks!  It appears Trump is literally “down for the count.”  As I predicted last year, one of Trump’s goons would hurt someone and that would contribute to his downfall.  After his campaign manager assaulted a female reporter, things got even worse when Donald Trump assaulted all women in his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.  Ending the week with a whopping 70% disapproval rating among women according to the Wall Street Journal, it appears that the really smart people in America have seen the truth. 

And we owe it all to Chris Matthews!  He unmasked the phantom.  He is the only journalist with the skill and fortitude to use Trump’s own tactics to trip him up and expose the real Donald Trump.  No, I don’t believe that Trump actually thinks that women should be punished for having an abortion.  However, the fact that he thought it was the answer he should give to get votes makes everyone know he is too dumb (and dangerous) to be President of the United States.  Chris Matthews has earned his place in journalism’s Hall of Fame and we should all be grateful for his service to our country. 

Now what, Republicans?   Ted Cruz?  The upside with Cruz, unlike Trump, he doesn’t think women should be punished for having an abortion.  The downside is, he believes the doctor should be executed. 

This week, George and I will observe our 47th wedding anniversary.  You will notice I didn’t use the word “celebrate.”  That’s because we don’t do much of that anymore. Besides, I told George I wanted to go eat somewhere this year that required reservations.  He said, “I don’t think that’s possible at Waffle House.” 

I know some of you newly weds would like to know the secret to our marriage longevity.  I would, too.   As a paralegal in the family law business, I was only exposed to marriages that didn’t work.  I think we all know some of those reasons:  Infidelity, abusiveness, financial, failure to communicate, and failure to stop and ask for directions.  I don’t have an explanation as to why some marriages work and some don’t.  There is no magic formula.  All I can tell you is what has worked for George and I.

Never go to bed angry at each other.  Certainly not groundbreaking advice, but it’s very true.  In the case of my marriage, George deserves all the credit here.  There is no way he will let me stay angry. When he says, “Okay, tell me you’re sorry and take it all back,” I laugh so hard I forget I’m angry.

Time alone.  We have found this to be most beneficial to our relationship.  Twice a week, we go to a nice, romantic place to dine.  White tablecloths, candlelight, soft music playing in the background, and enjoy a glass of fine wine.  He goes on Tuesdays and I go on Thursdays.  (Gotcha!)

Laugh and have fun.  Look for the humor in situations instead of dwelling on the negative.  You’d be amazed at how the pain in a situation can be eased with laughter.  Example.  One day we were headed to the car to leave for an occasion.  George abruptly disappeared.  After waiting in the car for at least five minutes, I went to look for him.  I opened the bathroom door and surveyed the inexplicable situation.  He was fully clothed, sitting in the bathtub with the water running.  “What the hell are you doing?” Obviously in agony, he explained that he had confused the tube of medicine used for mild anal irritation with my tube of arthritis medicine, Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper.  Clearly, the only assistance I could give him was to ease his pain with laughter, the best medicine. 

Forgiveness.  This is most important to a long lasting marriage.  You have to remember that although you put your spouse on a pedestal, your spouse is human and cannot please you 100% of the time.  And, if you find yourself married to someone who finds happiness in making jokes at your expense, telling stories about you at parties to make people laugh, or sometimes even writes about you in the newspaper, never take it personally and always forgive her. 

Finally, to find the perfect mate for life, it takes a lot of luck.  I found the pot o’ gold.

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