My wife loves watching The Amazing Race and says we should be on it. I have seen several episodes over the years and I must say that I agree. I’m sure it would be entertaining to watch, but I really think we would be a good team. She has many strengths that I do not have and I have many that she doesn’t have. Since we’ve been married I have noticed that some of my abilities have evaporated since I rely on my wife so much. I have concluded that marriage is a both a blessing and a curse.
Marriage is certainly a blessing for many reasons. For example, I have someone to send downstairs to check things out if I hear a noise in the middle of the night. I also appreciate having someone to rely on if I forget something at home and need it brought to work.
Marriage has also been a curse for me. I no longer know how to write out a check. My wife has been managing finances for our entire marriage. The other day she gave me a blank check and told me to pay for something. I couldn’t do it. I actually forgot how to fill it out and did it wrong. Another example is my lack of navigation skills. The other day, when my coworker and I tried to drive from the airport to our hotel (3 miles), it took almost 30 minutes and we noticed that we were going in circles. I was the navigator and I had a GPS that the car rental lady set up for me since I couldn’t figure out how to use it. I guarantee I would have been able to do this in my prime, but marriage has really set me back. If my wife had been there, we would have been to the hotel in no time. I also can’t follow written instructions. If we buy furniture that needs to be put together, my wife has to read the instructions and tell me what to do. I am happy to be the grunt worker, but my reliance on her for instructions has turned out to be a curse. The other day I bought some teeth whiteners. She was out of town, so of course I couldn’t figure out how to use the dumb things and ended up ignoring the instructions and just started ripping the packaging open. I ended up bleaching my fingers instead of my teeth since I had the strips flipped around.
Yes, it is true. Marriage brings many joys, but it also debilitates you if you are not careful. My wife and I would win The Amazing Race, but I would have a hard time finding and using a bathroom in a foreign country if she weren’t with me.