Eight seconds is not how long a bull rider stays on his bull (well technically it is, but not for this story). Eight seconds is EXACTLY how long it takes a wife to realize that her husband has not heard ONE DARN WORD that she has said… in an entire conversation, NOT ONE WORD!
Cowboy is a great listener. I talk and he listens. I keep talking and he keeps listening. It’s been this way for 30 years. However, he doesn’t really add much to the conversation, what is that all about?! I think it’s because he finds me so interesting that he likes to hear what I have to say or maybe he likes the sound of my voice. That’s my cowboy… listening to me and looking so good in his wranglers.
But, I’ve noticed lately that when I would bring up a previous conversation, Cowboy would give me “that look”. I remembered “that look” from my childhood. My dad would give it to my mom as they were having a conversation! “That look” that told her my dad was PRESENT for the conversation but was TUNING HER OUT… and it took her only 8 seconds to figure it out and 3 seconds to throw a shoe at him, (not really but I’m sure that thought had crossed her mind).
Eight seconds for you men to be in the doghouse. Men, in case you didn’t digest it the first time; there’s only reason that we women know when you are listening AND when you are using your selective listening powers. And guys, that does not make you SUPER HEROS … it makes you SUPER IN TROUBLE! It’s “that look” on your face that gives it away every single time. “That look” that Cowboy gives me that tells me he is not only tuning me out but he has changed the channel from A.M. to F.M. twice!
Women, let’s face it, when it comes to our men understanding us, they do not have a clue. They did not get an instruction book on the day they married us.
Yep… “that look”… that look that makes me want to take off one of my cheetah print stilettos and throw it at Cowboy’s head AND I’m pretty sure it would only take me 2 seconds to accomplish that!
For those of you husbands that have never had a shoe thrown at ya… kuddos to you! You’re an awesome listener. For those of you husbands who have yet to figure it out… you better learn to duck, because a shoe is heading in your direction!! And for those men out there who are recently engaged to the love of their lives, I tell you this with my whole heart; print this out and keep it under your pillow because you will need it in the future OR you can just by a helmet. Oh… and you’re welcome!
‘Til next Sunday ya’ll- Tammy