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Lowered expectations

July 24, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The key to being a good husband - low expectations for what I'm capable of doing from the wife.

There have been instances where I barely do anything and yet I get kudos for it - a result of those low expectations I figure.

I tore out some coupons from the Sunday paper and it was for stuff we actually buy from the store. The better half thought I did a good job, though I thought it was basically a no-brainer. Although she didn't say "good boy" and pat me on the head like a dog, it was close to it.

Of course, I'm a man so I'm still a work in progress.

Like, I have to learn how to wash both sides of the plates when I do dishes. I feel you only eat off the top of it, so the bottom is not that much of a factor. She feels otherwise and often has to rewash a plate that I washed. That's always a downer to see your attempt at housework go for naught.

And I've also realized my clothes folding skills aren't quite what I thought they were. Often, I'll fold a pile of clothes, then leave the room only to come back later to find the same clothes folded a different way. I guess I didn't know there was a good way and a bad way to fold clothes, but my way is definitely the latter.

I know I'm not alone because there is a detergent commercial where the wife tells her husband "you suck at folding clothes." I'm with you man, stay strong brother.

Once in a while, I'll get this huge energy spurt and end up doing all different types of housework in just a matter of minutes. It's like I'm a tornado of cleanliness. While it is nice to receive the kudos for this work, it's also dangerous. You see it raises the expectations bar a little higher for what I'm capable of doing at home, and I like to keep that bar as low as possible. It's much easier that way.

I don't think I'll ever have everything down pat and be a perfect husband. I guess whether we've been married five years or 55, husbands always have some learning to do.

Now where is my "doggy treat" and scratch on the belly for a job well done?


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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