If This Is Age-related, We Won’t Outgrow It

My husband and I have disabilities I don’t like to talk about very often. I suffer from delayed memory, and he has a selective hearing affliction. Conversations in our house very often sound like this:

Hubby: Did the kettle boil, or do I need to turn the burner on?

Me (laughing): Of course it boiled already. Don’t you remember you heard it whistling, screeching, in fact, and you flipped open the whistle and moved the kettle to another burner?

Hubby: No, I didn’t do that.

Me (laughing): Yes, you most certainly did. I watched you do it.

Hubby: I’m telling you I didn’t do it. I’m positive.

Me (laughing and shaking head): Yes, you….wait a minute…it’s coming to me now. Oh, yeah. I’m picturing it clearly now. That was me. Okay, so in answer to your question, yes, the water just boiled.

Or a conversation like this, that happened just last night:

Hubby (coming into our bedroom after work): Oh, I see you put the duvet from the guest room on our comforter. Looks very nice.

Me: Yes, I thought it went well with our rugs and I’m tired of the brown one. I like the way this one fits better. When we go to IKEA this weekend, we can get a new duvet for the comforter in the guest room.

Hubby: Sounds good to me.
Hubby walks into the guest room and notices the comforter in there does not have a duvet cover.
Hubby: What are you going to do for the guest room comforter? It doesn’t have a duvet.

Me (laughing): Um…Let’s start at the top again…I just said…

Hubby (interrupting): Oh, yeah, you’re going to use the old brown one, right?

I think we were made for each other.

About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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40 Responses to If This Is Age-related, We Won’t Outgrow It

  1. Robin says:

    LOL! We have similar conversations here. 🙂

  2. This was hilarious. My husband and I already have these conversations and we’re only in our 40s. this doesn’t bode well for us, I’m afraid…

  3. yep, sounds familiar to me… same conversations just different faces having them. thanks for sharing them… DAF

  4. tuesday2 says:

    We have those same conversations in our home; except my husband blames it on the fact that “You’re just not listening to me!”

    I think I’d like to agree with him, but I fear it’s a bit more than that.

    Yikes! My gray hair I can color. My gray matter? That’s a bit tougher to conceal.

  5. Hilarious! You really have a knack for writing these conversations written in the funniest of ways — or you and your husband have funny arguments… thanks for the laugh!

  6. Margie says:

    I really think all husbands have selective hearing, whether they have a hearing disability or not. My husband tells me my ‘stories’ are too long, so he just quits listening. After 40 plus years of marriage, he pretty much knows what I am going to say, I suppose.

  7. pattisj says:

    My hubby still seems to have it all together. Shall we designate him to take care of the rest of us?

  8. smile breathe and go slowly says:

    Hehe cute story….a sense of humor goes a long way! Your blog always makes me smile!

  9. I got a really good chuckle out of that one, Susan! Though I just turned 40, I’m finding myself doing absent-minded things, and it’s freaking me OUT! I’m going to blame it on social media and the ADHD that I think it induces ;-).

  10. dorannrule says:

    True love always finds a way! Funny funny post Susan! 🙂

  11. judithhb says:

    thanks for starting my morning with a laugh. Oh how I relate to this Susan but my such conversations are usually with my children, no spouse to talk too. My son keeps telling me I need hearing aids and I tell him he needs to listen to me. You know who always wins these arguments don’t you. 🙂

  12. adinparadise says:

    One does need a good sense of humour when age catches up with our memories and other faculties. I had to smile. 🙂

  13. winsomebella says:

    This sounds so familiar…..but at least we can laugh about it!

  14. Mark says:

    You want us to bring our own cover when we visit?

  15. Val says:

    I know the feeling… We’ve been sleeping in our spare room as our bedroom is suffering from dead rodent smell from the loft above it, and the conversations about whether one of us had opened the windows in the bedroom have gone like that – the confusion being as to which bedroom we were talking about being the problem…

  16. Al says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much until one of you tries to boil the duvet.

  17. Dianna says:

    Hubby and I have similar conversations. The ol’ memory and hearing are definitely not what they used to be!

  18. Lol funny!!! Great way to start the day!!

  19. That selective hearing gets me every time…lol.

  20. gaycarboys says:

    HAHAHAHAH. You just KNEW I was going to comment on this one didn’t you? You’re not on your own. My other half and I have conversations like that but we have no such afflictions. For us it’s the result of rubbish communication skills. 🙂 Sometimes you really make me laugh!

    • Coming East says:

      Your comment made me laugh, GCB! I can just picture the two of you having conversations like that. Glad it’s not age-related, though I have to say, in our case, we seem to have many more of them than we used to.

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