I discovered the “Freeway Off-ramp Rule” long ago. I have since found out that it applies to much of the communication in marriage. My hubby and I have a great relationship, so I don’t mind teasing him, after all in a minute you’ll see he deserves it….
Anyway, here’s the “Freeway Off-ramp Rule”:
Let’s say a man and wife are going someplace. The freeway off-ramp is coming up soon, the hubby is in the wrong lane, and there’s not much time to change lanes:
Wife says: “Sweetie, the off-ramp is coming up, better change lanes”.
Hubby says: “I know, I know! Don’t nag.” and then changes lanes.
Wife says nothing because she has been told not to nag in that situation before.
Hubby misses off-ramp, and says: “Why didn’t you tell me the off-ramp was coming up!”
As you can see, the loving wife is always wrong.
This “Rule” has many forms and variations:
Hubby tells wife: “Don’t let me forget to clean the air filter once in a while.”
OK, you guessed it, when wife reminds hubby, she is told to quit nagging.
As you can see, being a loving wife is very hard work, and it is an underpaid position.