Just some thoughts:
MR. LINCOLN AND A MARRIAGE QUESTION
It has been said that there are more books written about President Lincoln than anyone person in American history. Possibly so. Walk through the shelves of any library and you will see an abundance of books on Lincoln.
I wonder if Lincoln and his wife, Mary ever attended a marriage seminar?
The story is told that at a political gala ball, a lady walked up to Mr. Lincoln and asked him a question. The lady asked, “How old do you think I am?”
“That’s a pretty difficult question you have asked me,” was his reply. Putting a hand to his beard he thought for a moment and then said, “Why, I don’t know whether to guess you are ten years older because of the wisdom I hear you posses or ten years younger because of the beauty I see.” Well one must say ole Abe scored a hundred on that one. Bingo.
Now I got a question for Mr. Lincoln. Sometime ago my wife and I attended a two day marriage seminar. Even though we had been married at the time a bit over fifty years, well it never hurts to do a little bit of “touch up work.” Marriage is a journey never an arrival so certainly could not hurt. Now Mr. Lincoln I got a situation I’d like to see how you would have handled.
Here’s the scenario it involved a situation I recently encountered. First let’s just imagine you, Mr.Lincoln and the little Mrs. are getting ready for an evening out. Say maybe going to take in a play. Sorry bad suggestion. Well the two of you are going out for the evening. While you are getting yourself all fancied up your wife is standing in front of the full length mirror. She’s twisting and turning herself all around more so than Chubby Checker did during his American Bandstand days (The Twist). She sighs a bit, tosses her head and then says to you, “Tell me does this dress make me look fat?”
Exactly what my wife had just said to me as were preparing to go out. I’m standing there thinking, oh oh, now go slow here, choose your words carefully. Now I need to have the timing of a Johnny Carson in my come back. “Oh no, no, honey you look great in that dress, it’s your color.”
“Are you just saying that to make me feel good?”
Ok Mr. Emancipator, Mr. Lincoln how do you handle that one? You answered the lady about the age questing now let’s see how you deal with “Does this dress make me look fat” matter.
Footnote: In my wife’s defense, she followed the question with, “That’s really not a fair question is it?”
January 30, 2020