I heard on the radio recently a list of things not to say to women. While some of them were appropriate, such as "Where did you get that idea, your mother?" the majority, I thought, were, well, more than likely written by men. Therefore, my first reaction was, I can do better than that. So in light of that, here's my list ...
When your wife asks you "How'd you like the new dish I made for dinner?" don't reply, "It was different." She'll take that to mean "horrible" and you'll be eating peanut butter and jelly from here to eternity.
When your wife asks, "How do I look?" don't reply with a "fine." Trust me, she'll interpret that as (A) you didn't look or (B) she looks bad, but you're afraid to tell her. Either way, she'll go change.
When it's Mother's Day --even if you don't have kids --never, ever tell your wife, "You're not my mother."
Speaking of mothers, never tell your wife, "That's not how Mama did it, made it, fixed it, etc." Just don't.
If your wife is sick, never tiptoe into the bedroom and tell her you have a problem, all of the forks are dirty. Just ask my mama.
Never ask your wife why she's not as (fill in the blank) as so-and-so's wife. No matter what the fill in the blank is.
Never ask your stay-at-home wife and mother of a toddler and infant what she's done all day. Trust me, she'll take it wrong, and you wouldn't believe her if she told you.
Never try to tell your wife that traveling for work is work. Believe me, no matter what section of town you have to stay in, it will sound like heaven to her.
Never criticize your wife's ironing.
Never ask, "What's the deal with all the clothes on the floor?" Chances are they are yours.
Never tell your wife she is being too sensitive, or you'll make her, yes, you guessed it, sensitive.
Never ask your wife if her purse is new. She'll immediately be defensive because we all know that question does not lead to a compliment.
Never ask your wife why she hasn't taken out the garbage.
Never ask your wife if she's bought a present for your mom yet.
When your wife comes home from having her hair done, never (A) say nothing or (B) ask what happened or (C) tell her it looks the same. "It looks good," is the only safe answer here, even if her hair is purple.
Never tell your wife she doesn't know what she is talking about, even if she doesn't know what she is talking about.
Never tell your wife she shouldn't feel a certain way. Just say you understand.
Never suggest going to Hooters for your anniversary, especially if she's just had a baby and the only clothes she can fit into are overalls. Trust me on this.
If she says she's going on a Girl's Night Out, never ask, "Again?" Tell her to have fun. You can thank me for it later.
And most of all, never accuse her of being interested in someone else. She loves you, even if you don't follow all of the above.
Speaking of which, if you do follow all of the above, she's going to wonder what you're up to. And when she does, don't tell her she's being unreasonable! Instead, just say, "I love you, too."