Like Patting Your Head and Rubbing Your Tummy …


… 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),


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.

4 Responses to Like Patting Your Head and Rubbing Your Tummy …

  1. Nezzy says:

    You betcha’! This Ozark farm chick agrees that lots of laughter, a double sink and separate closets are the key to a happy marriage. We’re goin’ on 37 years here with two children and eight grandchildren. Yippee!

    I enjoyed poppin’in for the read. Ya’ll have the best weekend just chalked full of blessings!!!

  2. Sandra says:

    Hi, Nezzy — I’m glad you pop in once in a while!

    You’re right about all those “ingredients” for a happy marriage. We have 44 years, two children, six grandchildren and two GREAT-grandchildren — where does the time go?!

    May your weekend be bless also. 🙂

  3. C says:

    What a great line! Reminds me of the story told in that country song, “That’s My Story, and I’m Stickin’ to It!” C

  4. Sandra says:

    C — You know, I’m all about blogging. So as soon as he told me that story, I asked his permission to use it in a post. When I mentioned it to her, she just smiled and said it was okay with her too. She’s very laid back, so just goes with the flow of his zany-ness.

    Now that you mention it, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that line in a country song sometime. Those country songwriters do LOVE a clever line, don’t they. 🙂

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