I suspect that this next gripe may apply to many people, even those who do not consider themselves to be grumpy old men (or women for that matter).


I got home from work yesterday, tired (but no more than usual) and just wanting one thing - to sit in my chair (YES - my chair, got a problem with that?), stare at the goggle box (TV), completely blank out my mind (no big problem for most men) and do nothing for an indeterminate length of time.

Things went great for about 10 minutes. Then the family started to arrive home - one by one. Please don't get me wrong. I love my wife of 40+ years deeply. I love my 4 kids aged 36 to 23 and will do anything for them. I love all of my 6 grandchildren who all know that they have complete control over me (even 6 month old Emma).  But sometimes, when I just want to be left alone, or don't feel like talking, they decide that I am sick, depressed or in a bad mood.

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Daughter: "Dad, are you ok?"
Me: I'm fine, just want to sit quietly.
Daughter: "You sure?"
Me: Yes!
Daughter: "Have you taken your temperature?"
Me: No, don't need to - I'm fine!
Daughter: You don't look it!!!"


Wife: "What’s the matter with you?"
Me: Nothing
Wife: "Are you sure - you don't look as if nothing is bothering you?"
Me: No, I'm OK, really.
Wife: "Why are you in a bad mood?"
Me: I'm not in a bad mood, I just want to sit and stare at the TV
Wife:  "Who annoyed you?"
Me: If you don't stop asking if I'm in a bad mood, you'll be one annoying me!!!!!
Wife: If you only knew what you put us through!

And so it goes on until, in the end, THEY manage to destroy my good mood, put me into a foul mood and then they can all say "See, we knew you where in a bad mood!"

The moral of this story? Basically it's simple and we men all know it but we're too stubborn to admit it! THEY (who ever "they" may be) are always right. Even if at first THEY are wrong, it's better to say time and trouble and just admit that THEY are right, regardless of the real situation. Maybe that way THEY'LL leave me alone to stare at the TV and scratch various parts of my lower anatomy.



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