Friday, December 3, 2010

Selective Hearing

How many of you ladies out there have significant others who suffer from "Selective Hearing"? I am, sadly, one of the millions of you who are joined at the hip to a wonderful man who suffers from this ailment. And by ailment, I mean HEAD up his ASS problem.

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

It is night time. Your kids are asleep and you and your honey are watching TV. You've been under the weather for a few days and the house is less than stellar. Yet you have company coming tomorrow and would be mortified if you're company would come into your home with it a little messy as it is currently. You think, "I can clean this up, but I would really love to go to bed". So you turn to your loved one and say "Hey, I'm pretty tired and I've got company coming in the morning. Do you think you could clean up a little before you come to bed?" In my case, my husband said "no problem, what do you need done?" (Keep in mine, we're watching Thursday Night Football. I tell him the living room and the kitchen need some TLC. He nods and off to bed I go.

I wake up, feeling refreshed and much better than the previous days and get my son ready for school... yet when I come down the steps the living room and kitchen and in even WORSE shape than they were last night! Someone thought having midnight snack of cereal would be good... except forgot I had company coming in less than an hour!

Would this not make you want to just out of your skin? If you couldn't do it, TELL ME the TRUTH and I could do it myself. False promises just to make me feel good at the time is going to infuriate me even more when I find out what RALLY happened during my sleeping hours!

So selectively, my husband heard "Clean up the living room if you get a chance" when I said "I am having company tomorrow, I need the living room and kitchen cleaned up, can you do it?".

I am just wondering if there are any other ladies (or even you young men too!!) who have spouses with "Selective Hearing".

Oh and please, this does not just stay with significant others. Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Aunts, Uncles, Cousin's, Boss' and every other type of people you can think of will most likely suffer this from time to time (including yourself/myself).

Just wondering....


Ruth said...

This is me and my sister...
"Can you clean the bathroom?"
*the next day*
"Why haven't you cleaned the bathroom!"

Although I might be guilty of selective hearing myself...I have the
'gift' of not hearing the washing machine when it beeps :S Slowly losing that 'gift'....

Caren Gittleman said...

YES, YES, YES and it is definitely a male trait! (sorry guys, but it IS!)

Main mistake? Asking your husband during football. They will agree with anything we say to get us to stop talking during football.

My husband not only has selective hearing but a short memory. He isn't proactive with chores either...I have to constantly remind him then when I do he says I am "bossy!!"
Gee, I wonder why????

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Rachel Mae said...

HAHAHA!! Caren, are you sure we aren't married to the same man? Sounds JUST like my husband! I ended up cleaning because he threw a tantrum in the morning about how tired HE was after working all week (yeah I get it, you work hard but um.. HELLO!? SO DO I!!)

You made me almost pee my pants reading that! You're so freakin' awesome on this blog!! Hugs to you both!

Caren Gittleman said...

(((((hugs))))) back to you (both of you!!) as well!

Alittlesprite said...

My hubby is partly deaf AND has short term memory loss. There is NO HOPE for me at all. I have to constantly remind him to clean up his shit and he says I'm NAGGING. I say I'm not nagging I'm just telling.
And it always seems that when we have company coming over its ME who is running around like a mad chook trying to make the place look reasonable. Sometimes I really hate it, and that's when I blow a gasket, and then he's all like, "Why didn't you just ask for help?" WHY SHOULD I EVEN HAVE TO ASK FOR IT??!!!

Alittlesprite said...

One more thing...
He thinks that because he does all the cooking he is somehow exempt from all the other house cleaning. HA!

Rachel Mae said...

Oh yes! I forgot all about the "Exemption" rule! My husbands is taking out the trast. If he takes out the trash, he doesn't have to do anything else in the house. Yeah, so if I do cooking or dinner, I don't have to clean it up or anything, in fairness, no?

Caren Gittleman said...

omg @alittlesprite...I soooooooooo hear you!! I have the EXACT SAME THING!