Remember our Crappy Couch?
Well, I got a couch cover for my birthday! Yay!
The couch cover sat there leaning up against the crappy couch for a day. Then another day. Then two weeks went by.
In the lifetime of our couch, we’ve removed the covers (to wash them) twice. It took both of us and all our patience and strength to do it.
I knew I needed Crappy Husband’s help. This was a two-person job.
But time kept on flying by and there never seemed to be a moment when we were both available.
So one day, I took off one of the seat covers and opened the new cover box and found this:
But since the old cushion cover was already off I might as well put the new one on. I’m certainly not going to put the old one back on.
And after a mighty struggle using every one of my limbs and my teeth at one point (for the zipper) I did it!
Crappy Husband walked in then:
And I realized I had made a huge, huge mistake.
I had displayed competence.
I did it all by myself. Without him. This means that I am able to do it all by myself. Without him.
Which means he will probably never, ever help me change the damn cushion covers again for the rest of our lives.
We’ve joked about this “displaying competence” phenomenon for years and it goes both ways.
Just recently Crappy Husband said, “Oh no, I’ve displayed competence!” after he gave Crappy Dog a bath all by himself. Now that he has asserted himself as dog washing pro, why would he need me to help? Right? Right.
Crappy Marriage Advice: Do NOT display competence on joint projects or you’ll be on your own next time.
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