I can utter a two word phrase that will send Mitch in a panic. “It’s dated.” Whenever I speak those two simple words together in a sentence, Mitch knows that another home improvement project is coming at him. Some might argue that men fear hearing, “I think I’m pregnant,” more, and that may be true for younger single guys, but for a married man, my money is on, “It’s dated,” every time.
In the kitchen the conversation will start something like this.
“You know I think I’m going to paint the kitchen.”
Which causes Mitch to look around at the walls and say, “Why, what’s wrong with the color now?”
“It’s dated. A fresh new color will make the room brighter.”
He’ll look at me and say, “Okay if you want to paint go ahead and paint, but I think the walls look fine.”
The next words out of my mouth will be something like this, “We really need to change the countertops too. They are so old and faded, with stains and scratches. And while we’re at it, we ought to think about new cabinets.”
Translation: he’ll be doing all of the heavy lifting, ripping out cabinets, installing new countertops and whatever else I decide to change. After we spend days arguing over style, color and materials. It must be true that opposites attract, because our personal styles are complete opposite. Mitch has to have balance. If you have a mantle and you place candlesticks one side of the mantle there has to be the same identical and number of candlesticks on the other side. Asymmetrical design equates to total chaos to him. While perfect balance and symmetrical design is boring to me. I like chaos, it makes life and design interesting.
“What’s wrong with the cabinets? Wait don’t say it, they’re dated, right?”
“Now you’re in the spirit, maybe we’ll go darker,” I will answer, totally ignoring the sarcasm.
This will bring on the eye rolling and heavy sighs, but he knows he’s lost the battle, again. Poor guy.
After the shopping, the arguing and the ultimate compromises on both sides, Mitch will then be called upon to do the hard labor. I’m the idea person and he’s the implementer.