Saturday, March 10, 2007

At Least He Was Listening

Dh came up to me this morning and kissed me. "One," he said, and then gave me a hug. "Two."
He rubbed my back, "Three."
"What are you doing?" I asked, glad for the attention until it began to dawn on me what he was doing.
"Four, five, " he said, patting first my right shoulder and then my left.

Yesterday, I told him about the reference I found that said:

Touch often. UCLA researchers determined that meaningful touch is crucial to maintaining an intimate relationship. Other studies have found that women in particular need eight to ten meaningful touches a day to stay mentally and physically healthy.

"No, no, no," I protested. " That doesn't count. There has to be a minimum of 15 minutes between each touch." I made that part up, not having access to the original data, but I'm sure it's in there somewhere, that is, if the study wasn't conducted by men only.

He hugged me around the shoulders, patted each shoulder again. "There. Six, seven, eight."

At least he was listening.


Mary said...

Thanks, Cathy, for posting this. I highlighted the part about the UCLA study and other studies and sent it in an e-mail to my dh.

Camflock said...

Cathy, That is hilarious! I can just see the grin on his face as he was doing that! I think the sweetest part of it all is the playfulness and affection that you two share. With so many marriages withering around me, it is a joy to see a healthy, thriving marriage first hand. I am sure your children appreciated it also.


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