What’s the secret to a successful marriage? I think it’s keeping things fresh by finding new ways to mess with your wife’s head! What’s my latest way to drive her a bit insane? Making the bed.
I’ve never been what you would call a bed making type of guy. My general philosophy is: It’s just going to get messed up again, so why bother? After all, nobody but members of our family will see it, so who am I trying to impress with a made bed?
Come to think of it, has anyone ever been impressed by a made bed? Have you ever walked into someone’s bedroom and thought, “Wow, they really did a good job making that bed! They must be better than us!”
On a whim, one morning I decided to make our bed. Naturally, Mrs. Cutter was a bit confused by this. I think her first instinct was that the au pair must have done it.
I wish I had a way to capture he incredulous tone she used when she asked me if I was the one who had made it. When she asked why I had done so, I merely shrugged and said, “Sometimes it’s nice to have a nicely made bed.”Naturally, her next reaction was to ask if I was having an affair. I’m not sure how that would work. Was I making the bed to cover up the evidence that it had been used? Wouldn’t doing something out of the ordinary just draw additional suspicion?
I assured her that I was not having an affair, that I simply wanted to try something new. When I made it again the next day, it really freaked her out. “Why are you doing this????”
Since I don’t often have extra time in the morning (and because I’m lazy), the bed making didn’t become a regular habit. But every so often – like today – the twins will sleep late and I’ll have a few extra minutes in which to make the bed. And then I get to bask in the paranoid glances from my wife as she tries to figure out what is going on.
Like I said, sometimes you have to keep things fresh!