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I once got an afternoon phone call at work from my wife telling me she was at a car dealership. She had picked out a new van and requested that I come immediately to check it out and sign the papers. We had been having problems with our current van shredding it’s serpentine belt and I had promised that if it happened again, we could dump it and get a new van. Well, it had happened again, and apparently she was cashing in on that promise.
When we were first married, my wife and I rented a townhouse. Whenever the topic of buying a house came up, I would suggest we take care of our student loan and credit card debt before jumping into that adventure. Coming home from work one day my wife informed me we had an appointment with a real estate agent the next day, just to check things out. Next thing I know, we’re viewing houses, talking with a loan officer, and signing closing papers.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, my wife is very much a go getting, live in the moment, move fast kind of woman. I’m more if a wait and see, take it slow kind of guy.
On the other hand, we seem to swap personalities when it comes to day to day purchases.
Over the weekend, I was sent to Walmart to pick up some cleaning supplies. I couldn’t remember what kind of dusting product we normally use, so I gave her a call. I stood in the cleaning section of Walmart for over fifteen minutes describing to her every kind of dusting product on the shelf as well as what scents were available all while she looked up each product and read reviews on the internet.
If it had been up to me, I would have grabbed the store brand all purpose cleaner for $2.47 and headed for the checkout.
When we look for greeting cards, she will spend an excruciating amount of time reading countless cards looking for the perfect one. I have a rule that I refuse to spend any more time picking out a greeting card than I feel the recipient will spend reading it.
Which is usually less than a minute.
What do you make of this? Do you and your significant other seems to swap personalities based upon what it is you’re purchasing?
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