For instance, on the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage’s birthday, I try to give her something that will make her happy. If you do not think that is a hard chore, then come over to my house and try it one time. Just when I think she is into a certain thing, I blow it.
One thing, she is a marvelous chef and can bake, cook and fry anything and it all comes out delicious.
Many things I love to eat, but my wife’s mac and cheese has to be at the top of the list. She makes the best M and C that I have ever tasted. Being the kind of husband that usually gets in trouble, I try compensating by always thanking and praising her for this delicious dish.
I had been at a two-day conference and was greatly delighted to get home. By the time I got home, all I could think about was dinner that night.
One of the dishes she had was her infamous mac and cheese. I could not tell her how delighted I was to be home and especially to enjoy some of this macaroni and cheese.
What happened next was something I had not planned for.
She told me one of her friends brought over some things for our dinner. She did not say exactly, but I took it to mean that the mac and cheese was one of the dishes.
Looking at me she said, “What do you think of that mac and cheese?”
At the time, I was not thinking of any trick questions. I responded by simply saying, “It’s wonderful, but it’s not quite as good as the ones you make.” Then I fl ashed a waxy smile in her direction.
“That’s not as good as mine?”
Without even looking up I replied, “This is good, but not as good as the ones you make. Yours are much better than this one.”
“Are you sure about that? You’re not just putting me on?”
I laid my fork down and looked at her and said, “My dear, there is nothing to compare with the mac and cheese that you make. I can tell the difference a mile away. You make the best mac and cheese I have ever tasted. This may be good, but it’s not up to your standard.”
I thought I made some good points with her. Every husband is always looking for ways to make points with his wife. I was assuming I had hit the marital lottery.
Looking at me, she stated very sternly, “That mac and cheese is mine. I made it especially for you.”
I have never been good at backpedaling a situation. I am somewhat of a wordsmith, but I could not think of any words that could in any way help me out of this situation.
I remember what James said, “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3:2)
I know that I am not a perfect person. I get in deep trouble when for some reason I think otherwise.
Dr. James L. Snyder, pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, lives with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage in Ocala, FL. Call him at 352-687-4240 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church website is www.whatafellowship.com.