Being a Christian in today's world is very hard. But do not let that scare you, anything worthwhile is worth working for. Being a Christian can be hard but it can also be fun. That is my objective, through my own stories, stories of my friends and a lot of plagiarism (Just kidding, only a little plagiarism.), I am going to show that you can be a Christian and still have fun!

the most wasted of all days is one without
laughter - e e cummings

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

  You poor woman.

In my last post I received a comment from Well Woman and the one thing that stuck out was her comment about my wife. I think it went something like, "Your Poor Wife." If I had a nickel for every time I have heard that I would be a millionaire, no wait, a billionaire. Yeah, that's the ticket, a billionaire! Just because I do things a little different, I do not think my wife should get any sympathy. Hey she married me for better or worse. I will let you be the judge.

*"Sheila, I saw your husband yesterday, he was jumping from the trampoline to the swimming pool. Then I saw your son do the same thing. You poor thing."

My defense: I did it when I was young and I never got hurt.

*"Hey, I saw you husband today. He was with the eleventh grade boys. Wasn't he supposed to be mentoring them and spending the weekend with them as their disciple Now leader? I was just wondering because when I stopped to say hello they egged my car."
Sheila, "I am so sorry."
"I am the one who is sorry, sorry that you have to put up with him, you poor thing."

My defense: I don't really have one. Sorry. But I learned my lesson.

*"Hey, was that a picture of your husband with house paint all over his face and in his hair?"
Sheila, "I am afraid so."
"Everyone saw it, you poor thing."

My defense: I was an encourager on a mission trip. We were having fun. I got caught up in the moment. I will never do it again because it took me over an hour trying to get the paint out of my hair.

*"Sheila, I heard your husband was jumping off a 30 foot tall bridge with a bunch of kids from his Sunday school class. Please tell me it isn't so."
"Yeah it was him."
"Doesn't he know he is too old to do stuff like that. He is going to throw out a hip or something and then you are going to have to take care of him. You poor, poor thing."

My defense: The class was calling me chicken. I had to do it to save my family's honor, see I was looking out for my wife!

*"I heard Joe fell off the ladder while putting up Christmas lights. Is he OK?" Sheila, "Yeah, he just got on the ground and laid the ladder on top of him. Then he sent our son up to the neighbors house to get me. The only thing that kept me from freaking out was the fact that our son could not keep a straight face the whole time. If I could have got my hands on him, I would have killed him. Not so much for trying to trick me but for getting our six-year-old involved in his little scheme." "I am so so sorry, you poor woman."

My defense: It was a joke! Come on people, you can not go through life without a little fun in you life.

I say my wife is not a, "poor lady" I say she is rich. Rich on life! Rich for having a husband who is not a stick-in-the-mud. Rich for having someone to keep her on her toes. Rich for having someone to talk about, I mean think about it what a good way start a conversation with someone, "Did you hear what my husband did today?" So what do you say, Is she a poor wife or someone who is richly blessed for finding the perfect mate and husband who is kind, funny and loving?

Oh by the way, in June my wife and I will have been together for 20 years! My first and only. Unheard of now days. If she doesn't like what I do, she would have left a long time ago. So like I said, do not feel sorry for her. If you have been reading my blog, you know that I am turning 40 in a couple of months. So yes, I was married when I was twenty, and don't let my wife fool you. I did not marry her when she was twelve. To hear her talk she is only 32. Did I say that? Man there I go again. My poor wife, I don't see how she puts up with stuff like that. That poor lady.

You poor woman.


At 2:00 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

And don't become a stick in the mud. Keep life exciting. And congrats on 20 years. I'm sure your wife would hate to see you change.

At 3:15 PM, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

I made the mistake of reading this at work (on my lunch break of course!) and my co-workers want to know why I was laughing hystically (the Christmas lights thing was too much!!!).

Your wife is a GEM, perhaps s diamond...strong, beatufiul and bright. You better let us know when the Big 4-0 hits so we can razz ya!!!

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Miz Mara said...

What else do people expect a guy who works with the youth to act like? You sound like the guys I work with at church. Youth ministers are my favorite guys in the whole world cuz you know...they aren't afraid to be "A fool for Chirst!" And, instead of "You poor woman" it should be..."You are rich, indeed!"

At 9:50 PM, Blogger Joe said...

As a former Youth Minister, I can relate. Poor wife!

At 7:57 PM, Blogger Gina Burgess said...

Your wife is a blessed woman! How wonderful to have a marriage of 20 years! My grandparents were married for 75 years before they went to be with the Lord. Now, when you make THAT one, I'll dance a jig in my sandals with socks on LOL

At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband I are having our 18th anniversary next week and if what you talk about is all that I had to complain about life would have been easier.

Thanks for the laughs!

At 11:34 PM, Blogger The Complimenting Commenter said...

That was great. I love a joke and it sounds like you are the king. Great job and I say "Lucky woman"!

At 6:13 PM, Blogger WendyWings said...

We just celebrated our 20th anniversary in September, I was married when I was 13 ;)

At 12:51 AM, Blogger *~Tey~* said...

There's nothing wrong with having fun Joe. No matter how old you get you are still allowed to have fun and look stupid. Otherwise the world would be a boring place full of boring people. Some people look down on others when they may look stupid, but who cares. You're the one that's having all the fun. I would say your wife is lucky to have a husband that's not boring,old souled and stuffy. Who want's that. lol!

have an awesome day Joe


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