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I don’t get men! Do they ever listen?

"husbands don't listen"

Men don’t listen.  Plain and simple. Selective hearing? Perhaps.  Either way you look at it, it is so very frustrating.


I have a paper recycling bag right under a counter that is maybe three steps from the sink.  Every day though, I find stuff accumulating on the counters.  Here is a typical conversation about this, between my husband and I:

Day one – milk carton on counter:

Me: “Honey, there is a recycling bag right there, this milk carton can go in there”

Him:  “Oh, okay”

I end up squashing it and putting it in the bag.

Day two – two beer cans on the counter:

Me: “Hon…I have a recycling bag set out so it is easy to put beer cans in there”

Him: “Oh, okay”

Day three – a soda can on counter:

Me: “For your convenience, there is a bag over there for recyclables”

Him: “Oh, okay”

So the above are three examples of what seems to be everyday conversations.

Now in his defense, he has become hard of hearing – just a bit….so he says.  However, in those cases, he did acknowledge me.


Me: “Oh – I picked up the bagels you had on the grocery list  today”

{dead silence, so me again}

Me: “Hon? I picked up bagels for you today”

Me: “Hon!!”

Him: “What?”

Me: “I picked up bagels for you today”

Him: “Okay, thank you”

Him: (four hours later): “Sweetheart, did you pick up bagels today while you were out?”

Me: #@@#!@


Me: “Don’t forget that you have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow”


Me: “Honey – you have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow”


Me:  “Honey!!”

Him: “What?”

Me: “I said you have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow!”

Him: “I know…I heard you”

Me thinking:

"husbands don't listen"

Well why on earth didn’t you let me know you heard me?? Please, please acknowledge that you heard me so I don’t have to keep repeating myself…I do not exactly enjoy doing that!

I can’t win…plain and simple.  Do any of these conversations sound like familiar ones in your household?

One Comment leave one →
  1. 11/04/2009 8:16 am

    every morning i wake up to soda cans and water bottles that have been put on the counter instead of the recycling bin. We’ve had those conversations on MANY occassions

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