So Different...And Yet So Similar

My husband the sailor is fearless on the water.

I, on the other hand, am not.

He lives for the unexpected wind gusts, the on-the-spot problem solving, and the rails-in-the-water feeling of a boat heeled thisclose to tipping over.

I do not. In fact, each one of those situations makes me throw up a little bit in my mouth.

He's inclined to ignore small craft advisories.

I am not.

However...

I'm a fan of horror movies, while he hides under the covers.

If there's an episode of REAL STORIES FROM THE E.R., I'm tuned in while he cringes and looks away.

When a family crisis of any magnitude erupts (be it a bed-time debate or an in-law debacle), I'm prone to dive in head first while he tends to hang back.

I've accused him of being too daring and even a bit dangerous on the water.

He's accused me of being too confrontational and a bit* bossy on land.

We're both right.

And so, when I'm terrified on the boat, it's not an emotion he identifies with. I need to tell him I'm scared. I might even need to show him the whites of my knuckles and the tears on my face and the terror in my eyes rather than screaming. Then he understands me a little better.

When I've had a long hard day and feel like snuggling up with a juicy episode of Plastic Surgery Disasters, he needs to tell me the sight of a full liposuction catch basin makes him nauseous rather than bolting up and saying, "I'll never understand why you watch this garbage." Then I'll understand him a little better.

It's always a challenge finding the balance...but so worth it when we do.

*paraphrased from his actual quote of "Why do you constantly find the need to control every situation?!"

 

 

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    So hey, how's it going? I cover life's ups and downs, but I'm really drawn to the tough, emotional stuff. My perspective covers 23 years of marriage and 17 years of parenting, and while I'm always willing to voice an opinion, it often contradicts my innate desire to please everyone at all times. Such is this crazy life, so I guess all I can do is just write about how I've (usually) kept my head above water. Thanks for dropping by. You know you totally rock, right?

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