Tuesday, December 29, 2015

LOVE Your Sweater!

          Last week St. Bob and I were walking through a parking lot when we saw two women—strangers—approaching one another.  Here’s how the conversation went:
          “Oh—I LOVE your sweater!  That is so gorgeous!"

          “Thank you!  You know, every time I wear this, I get so many compliments!”
          “It’s darling!  Where did you get it?”
          “Oh, I bought it so long ago, I don’t even remember…”
          “Well if you ever get tired of it, pass it my way!”
          (Laughter) “Okay—will do—and thanks again!”
          Then each of the women hurried off.  I turned to Bob.  “You will never see men having a conversation like that.  Not in a million years.”
          In fact, go ahead and re-read that dialogue, and picture two men as the speakers.
          Bob frowned, appalled that I would expect two men to gush about one another’s tops.  In fact, a pet peeve of Bob’s is that I refer to men’s tops as tops at all.  Men have shirts, sweaters, and jackets.  Not tops.  Naturally, I text him photos of signs disputing this assertion, whenever I find them.  
But he is immovable on this point.
          Nevertheless, I think men would be happier people if they would get a little bit excited about such things from time to time, and show a bit more enthusiasm.  Both of those women went off smiling, a lilt in their step. 
          Girlfriends definitely rock, even ones you only have for a few seconds.

And, as long as we’re on the subject of girls, I highly recommend you read my chick-lit comedy novel, Sisters in the Mix.  You can find it here in both paperback and digital versions.

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