I’ve been married to Sue for thirty-seven years, and in that time we’ve come to learn much about each other. In addition to partnering as parents to raise and launch our son, we’ve shared hopes and dreams and dozens of silly as well as important secrets. I often think I know Sue better than I know myself. So you can imagine my surprise when I recently discovered something about her that really blew my mind. I thought I really knew my wife, so my head spun when I discovered we didn’t agree on something so fundamentally obvious. She might just as well have said the Earth was flat or evolution a myth. I’m wondering if our marriage can be saved.
I can’t even remember how the conversation started, but somehow we ended up discussing the days of the week. I rattled off something about the week beginning on Sunday.
“Sunday is not the first day of the week,” she answered.
Surprised by her response I asked, “What do you think is the first day of the week?”
“Why, Monday of course.”
“I see,” I said, assuming she was joking. “You mean to say that Monday is the first day of the “work” week.”
“I don’t mean to say that at all. Monday is the first day of the week, period!”
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Did I mention that my wife holds a degree from a prestigious university? “If you check a calendar you’ll see that Sunday is the first day of the week,” I said.
“Let me ask you a question,” she replied. “What days are commonly referred to as “the weekend?”
I fell into her trap. “Saturday and Sun…”
“Thaaaat’s right,” she answered smugly. “If Sunday is part of the weekend, it can’t also be the beginning of the week, now can it?”
As usual, her logic was pristine, but in my heart I knew she was wrong. So I ask you, my loyal readers, to help save my marriage by telling my lovely wife she’s w-r-o-n-g. Actually, the more I think about it, the best way for you to help save my marriage is to tell her she’s right!
I see on my calendar that Sue has scheduled our trip to the marriage counselor on Wednesday which, if Sue is right, I can no longer refer to as "hump" day.
Care to vote?