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How To Communicate In Marriage

I majored in Broadcast Communication and Eric minored in it, so as professional communicators, we would love to take a moment to share our advice with you about how to effectively communicate in marriage.  I’m joking…we’re a mess. So instead of advice, how about two stories that will make you feel better about your life?

Before I begin, you need to know that I am a very LITERAL thinker.  For example, Eric (the weather man) once asked me when I thought winter started.  Thinking it was a trick question, I said, “When it gets really cold outside.” 

He meant the calendar date.  Ya’ll, I’m just saying that he should have worded the question differently, but that was almost ten years ago, so I’m trying to let it go. 

The point is, I think in literal terms, so please keep this in mind.

Wednesday night we were in bed and almost asleep when out of nowhere this conversation went down:

Eric: (in a sleepy monotone voice): Do your parents still have that island they were going to give you?

Me: What?

Eric: Your parents, are they still planning on giving you that island?

Me: I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Eric: The island, are they still planning on giving it to you?

Me: (confused but thinking he was sleep talking) Are you high?

Eric: Morgan, the kitchen island that’s in their garage!

Oops…I was wondering where in the world he got the idea that my parents were giving us a tropical island.  I laughed hysterically for a good three minutes.  How is it possible to be so confused?

Let me answer that…kids+exhaustion=delirium

Then there was the issue while watching Jeopardy this evening.  You see, Eric is a whiz.  I mean he seriously knows the most random things and it drives me bonkers because I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast. This knowledge makes him an excellent Jeopardy fan.  Meanwhile, I roll my eyes and make fun of the contestants and their lack of Pop Culture knowledge.  Ya’ll ,they know who the emperor of Rome was in 1203 B.C. or some other ancient year, but they can’t tell you who sings  “Ice, Ice Baby.” 

Anyway, Jeopardy was on tonight and I was listening to it from the kitchen while I cleaned up from dinner.  I was pretty surprised and super excited to know so many answers, so I enthusiastically yelled into the family that I was acing the contest tonight. To this Eric hollers back, “That’s cause it’s Kids Night.”

Way to shatter my dreams, babe.

I think a more appropriate answer would have been, “Way to go beautiful wife.  You’re a modern-day genius and you cooked a really great burger tonight too.”  Hahaha!!

See we are communicators.  Haha!



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