The electronic art of marital compromise
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Husband-and-wife journalists Bob Miller and Callie Clark Miller use this space to offer their views on everyday issues.
A recent e-mail exchange between husband and wife:
On 7/14/08 9:42 AM, "Callie Clark Miller" wrote:
Every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. for the next 14 weeks, your wife shall be otherwise engaged. You will need to make plans to care for Dawson between 8 and 9 p.m. on those dates.
Your loving wife
On 7/14/08 9:42 AM, "Bob Miller" wrote:
On 7/14/08 9:45 AM, "Callie Clark Miller" wrote:
Wednesday nights from 8 to 9 p.m. will be my one night -- one hour a week -- to watch TV. The new season of Project Runway begins this Wednesday. You will take care of Dawson while I enjoy my show, preferably somewhere else in the house other than the living room, unless you both refrain from making unseemly comments.
On 7/14/08 9:49 AM, "Bob Miller" wrote:
Oh, good grief.
On 7/14/08 9:50 AM, "Callie Clark Miller" wrote:
I am not joking.
On 7/14/08 9:52 AM, "Bob Miller" wrote:
I want three 20-minute periods a week, from 8 to 8:30 on days of my choosing where I can go for a run without grief from you.
And you shall have your Runway to yourself.
On 7/14/08 9:55 AM, "Callie Clark Miller" wrote:
Does the 20 minutes include pre-run stretching and post-run shower time? Because otherwise, that's extra time that exceeds my one hour limit.
On 7/14/08 10:21 AM, "Bob Miller" wrote:
I will not stretch. I will take a shower before going to bed, which should be around 9 p.m.
On 7/14/08 10:30 AM, "Callie Clark Miller" wrote:
Hmmmm... well, OK I guess. Since you're caring for Dawson while I shower each night anyway. So long as you don't run on Wednesday nights ... there's a chance for an overlap that just can't be tolerated.
And if you injure a muscle from lack of stretching, don't think it'll get you out of changing diapers.
On 7/14/08 10:32 AM, "Bob Miller" wrote:
Bob Miller is the managing editor at the Southeast Missourian. Callie Clark Miller is the special publications managing editor. Other than Wednesday nights from 8 to 9 p.m., you can reach them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.