I’ll never forget the dinner party from you-know-where. We had a few couples over for dinner and games. One of the couples wasn’t getting along, and everyone felt it from the moment they arrived. Things came to a head when Eric refilled my soda without my asking him to.
“Look!” the wife said, angry and pointing at me. “Eric brings Angela drinks.” She turned on her husband. “How come you never do that for me?”
The chattering in the room screeched to a halt with this shrill accusation. I remember making eye contact with Eric, and saw that he was thinking the same thing as me. Oh no.
“Well,” her husband said, “Maybe if you acted more like Angela, I would bring you drinks!”
That was what we jokingly referred to later as the shot heard round the world. A huge fight ensued and our fun night ended with the couple leaving, still angry at each other and undoubtedly with hurt feelings. The rest of us were in shock. Talk about awkward!
Though there were other elements at play, the detonation point was the comparisons they had made. No one wants to hear that you aren’t as good a husband or wife as so and so. And while most of us won’t outwardly say so at a dinner party, we’re all guilty of thinking or saying these things from time to time.
When it comes to comparisons wives tend to make, I see four common ones.
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