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Permission to Snore and Nag

It’s difficult to watch the people we love age. I’m 37 and in a few short weeks my husband will be 64-years-old. I’ve felt the years change him, seen how time has frustrated his joints and caressed away his hair, but I’ve never really cared; the intelligence lapping through his mind is my quintessential eros. While the clock ticks away his hearing and his short term memory seems to have its own, increasingly regular, vacation schedule, I’ve decided to embrace the ravages time doles. Once again I’m learning the universe bestows new gifts to fill caverns of loss. Specifically, it shouldn’t be much longer until I can embrace a self-proclaimed permission to snore and nag.

As his hearing deteriorates, I’m looking forward to the day when he no longer complains that I snore. He’ll simply be unable to hear my nighttime melodies. I’ll no longer have to endure middle-of-the-night rib pokes and early-morning jokes comparing my sleeping songs to a runaway locomotive.

There’s no other time in a woman’s life when she can acceptably nag her husband and he won’t mind. After all, he won’t remember I’ve already lodged a similar complaint, requested a particular change or cajoled a favor. And since I’ve most likely been complaining about the same things for 14 years with no real hope he’ll embrace certain suggestions, the likelihood of behavioral modification is slim. At least now I can continue to voice minor dismay, which as every woman knows…the sound of our own voice at least makes us feel better, and my husband can continue as his adorable self, unscathed by my nitpicking. In fact, he may even occasionally thank me for providing constant reminders and he’ll find them helpful rather than annoying.

Life is good.

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