My wife was leaving the house yesterday morning and looked “A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.” Don’t be jealous; I’m a lucky guy.
In a jumble of hormones and emotion, I blurted out, “You’re my EVERLASTING GOBSTOPPER!”
She smiled and replied, “I’ve always wanted to be a gobstopper.”
Weird? No. Not if you have a fine-tuned universal-man/woman-translator. Luckily she does.
Translation: Man to Woman
My comment meant this to me, “You look so amazing. I’m so lucky to be married to you. I’m glad you’re mine and I’m yours. You push me over the moon and back. My life revolves around you. Sometimes you take my breath away, and this is one of those moments. Manly sigh.”
Without the universal-man-translator, she would have heard, “You’re my everlasting gobstopper!”
After years and years of being together (28 so far), we’re able to just “get” each other. She knew what I meant.
She smiled and patted me on my head. She may have even thrown me a treat. I can’t remember. I get lost in the head pats sometimes.
It works both ways though.
Translation: Woman to Man
When she says, “It’s been a long day. I need to finish up this offer real quick (she’s a realtor).” I know this means, “Could you make dinner and clean the kitchen real quick?”
See how this works? It’s amazing what you hear when you’re actually listening and in translation mode.
If I just listened to what she actually said, it would be a horrific fail. Without the translator I would have man-heard, “I can make dinner after I’m done and then will clean the kitchen.” Big difference! With a mucho mucho different outcome!
LISTEN and be SELFLESS. Listen to what they mean and not only what they’re saying.
And congratulations if your spouse is your everlasting gobstopper!
This post was first published at RustyEllis.com.
Featured photo: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)