… it’s very hard to laugh and be mad at the same time.
The very funny husband of one of my nieces in Atlanta told me this story from their early days of marriage. Somehow it made it even funnier that he was telling it in his pronounced southern drawl.
They had just been married a short time.
He went out for an evening with a couple friends, but said he would be home by midnight.
He lost track of time and suddenly realized it was 1:30 a.m.! Rats. She was going to be mad. But wait, maybe she was asleep and wouldn’t even notice what time he got home!
But, on the other hand, if she was waiting up for him, she would be really worried. (This was before cell phones, so she couldn’t call him even if she was awake and worried about where he was.)
He decided he had to take the chance of waking her up. He called.
But, when she answered the phone, before she could even say hello, he said in an excited voice (and, of course, in his cute southern drawl),
“DON’T PAY THE RANSOM, HONEY! I ESCAPED!”
They’ve been married a long time now, and I’m betting that “excuse” only worked once, but knowing them both, I’m sure they’ve had lots of other laughs along the way.
Laughter is an invaluable ingredient in a marriage.