While I was writing my column for tomorrow, I decided to talk to a few girls to get other opinions. I mentioned The Toothpaste Issue to them and they all agreed. The smaller details of house and hearth still fall back on the women.
But that's already been discussed in the column. Talks with the girls, however, brought up plenty of other stories about the silly idiosyncracies of men when you co-habit. Like:
- the habit of squeezing out the last dregs of toothpaste instead of going out to get some more.
- using our shaving cream when they've run out of theirs (and then complaining that it smells too girly!)
- getting cross when we "accuse" them of not contributing to the house. One of the girls I spoke to said she even tried not cleaning the bathrooms because her husband had gotten upset when she mentioned to him that he never cleaned and adamantly insisted that he would clean it. It never got cleaned, of course.
- using an excessive amount of your expensive face creams. My own mother has complained that while you are only supposed to use a dot's worth of this particular serum, my father had been squeezing out a line of the stuff that spanned the length of his palm.
- taking longer to get ready than we do. It is totally untrue that women take ages to get dressed. Almost all the women I've spoken to bemoan the fact that they're usually the one's standing around the front door waiting while their partners agonise over doing their hair.
- the complete inability to remember things. My boyfriend pointed out, "You know, we don't leave lights on and forget to things on purpose to irritate you. We just forget." Girls the world jump off their apartment balconies screaming in frustration at the fact that their boys are highly able , intelligent human beings, capable of cutting deals worth millions and yet, totally incapable of remembering that the socks go in the laundry basket, not the floor.
The boyfriend (and many other male friends) said that women are just being too petty. I say that it's not petty anymore when the small petty things add up to an every-hour, every day affair!
Then again, we do love them all to bits. We wouldn't keep putting up with the old flat toothpaste tube if we didn't! Perhaps it makes life more entertaining?