For the month of Movember, I’ve been supporting my Mo’ Bros by offering a few helpful insights into the female mind. This is the last of the Movember Questions of Doom series.
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QOD #4: Do you like this casserole?
Getting this one wrong probably won’t kill you, but there’s still a pretty high potential for long-term misery. Possible answers:
“Yes” – I hope you really do like it, ‘cause you’re gonna get it every second week from now until doomsday.
“It’s okay, but I wouldn’t want it every year.” – This one never fails to get a laugh at our house, but don’t try it unless you’re really sure about her sense of humour. (Note: Her sense of humour may vary considerably from day to day. Better not chance it.)
“No” – You know the drill. Icy silence and/or tears and/or wild accusations of “You don’t appreciate anything I do”. And you aren’t going to be getting any for a good long time. You know I’m not talking about casserole.
Best Answer: “Wow, this is really different. Where did you get the recipe?” – Try not to gag while you say this. Pretend avid interest in the answer and immediately guide the conversation in another direction. Examples:
If she says it’s her Aunt Mary’s recipe: “How is Aunt Mary, anyway?” (Note: If the answer is “dead”, you’re in deep shit, but at least the casserole conversation is probably over.)
If she says she found it in a cookbook/magazine/online: Make sure you sound enthusiastic: “Really. Wow, you should try some of their other recipes, too. Hey, did I tell you about…”
Good luck, bro. You’re gonna need it.
And because this is the last Bro Bulletin in the Movember series, here’s a bonus QOD:
Bonus QOD: Did you make that doctor’s appointment yet?
Sorry, guys, there’s only one correct answer to this: “Yes, dear.”
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Movember Moment: Guys, if you haven’t done it already, go and get your prostate checked. A few moments of discomfort are well worth the relief of knowing you’re fine; or, worst-case scenario, the sooner they find a problem, the more easily it can be dealt with.
And if you’re feeling despairing or anxious; if you’re self-destructive or you can’t control your temper, please talk to your doctor.
There’s no shame in asking for help. If you had computer problems, you wouldn’t just put up with it and hope it’d get better, and you wouldn’t feel inadequate if you couldn’t fix it yourself (and you know how badly it can turn out if you try).
Please treat yourself at least as well as you treat your computer. We Mo’ Sistas want to keep you around, happy and healthy, for a long time.
So go make that appointment.
P.S. Thanks to Le Clown for starting Bloggers for Movember. In support of the cause, I’m donating half the November royalties from my paperback and e-book sales from all channels to the Cancer Society. Only two days left – please spread the word!