Wife Lessons Learn from Donkey's mistakes, even if he cant
Lesson 31: What’s cookin good lookin?
While chatting with coworkers at lunch recently, we discovered something we all had in common: there is a simple, easy-to-answer question that we are not allowed to ask our wives. The question is so basic yet has the power to ignite rage in a matter of milliseconds.
Lesson 31: DO NOT come home and ask your wife “What’s for dinner?”
I have been asking this question for years and have received the same answer for years. The conversation goes like this:
Donkey: What’s for dinner?
Wife: I don’t know. What are you planning?
Donkey: I didn’t really think about it at work.
Wife: Neither did I.
Usually things kind of end and I make some food so I can keep peace in the house. Sometimes things escalate to Round 2. This happened the other day. I took the bait and continued the conversation:
Donkey: Well, maybe I can come home at 4pm from now on to ensure that I have time to prepare dinner so kids aren’t starving.
Wife: Sounds like a good idea.
Donkey: How come you get angry when I ask this question?
Wife: Because you assume it’s my job to make dinner.
Donkey: Well, uh, if it’s not yours whose would it be?
Wife: It’s no one’s job. You can’t just ask me like the burden is on me. I just don’t like how you ask.
Donkey: So how should I ask this question.
Wife: You could say, “What should we have for dinner” or “Are there plans for dinner?”
Donkey: (thinks to himself, “What’s the difference?”)
So the next day I say, “What’s the plan for dinner?” This sparks the same discussion and she gets upset. The next day I try again:
Donkey: What’s… um. Wait. How should we plan dinner…for…kids…food. How do I word this again???”
Wife: You know what to say. Don’t be stupid.
Donkey: Ok. I’ll just go make spaghetti.
My suggestion: I still don’t have a handle on this, but I am taking suggestions. Definitely don’t ask the question and definitely don’t ask for alternative ways to ask the question because it gets confusing and you’ll be worse off. What has worked for you?