Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Straight Man

My husband thinks he’s funny.

He laughs, jokes, smiles, teases, and makes people feel good about the world in general, just by being around.

Remember that show Everybody Loves Raymond?  Where Ray Romano plays the good-natured but slightly dopey dad, and is obviously the favorite person in the family, despite being sort of irresponsible and entirely frustrating to his long-suffering wife in every way?

This is my life.  Our friends think I’m too hard on him, our kids stick up for him, and even my own parents take his side in most situations.

I don’t find him funny.  Not when he’s trying to be, anyway.

When he’s trying to be funny, he’s usually also grabbing at some part of my body, or he’s chasing me down to hug me too close and HE KNOWS I hate that, or he wants to drag me away from whatever it is I’m doing so all my attention is on him.

It’s wearisome.

Plus, I am the funny one.  At least give me that.  He’s the head of the household with the big important job, all the friends, the doting family, good in math, all sports, remembering things, and is trusted with all sorts of big-deal things like sitting on boards and councils and all that crap.  He wants to be the funny one, too?

No.

He has to be the straight man here.  The one who can take a joke and a prank, then sit back and shake his head in awe and appreciation of his wife’s razor-sharp wit, keen intellect, and breezy way of getting things done.

He pretty much does this, I guess.  He’s a pretty good sport when I yell at him for being a disgusting slob in the bathroom.

He reads everything I write and tells me it’s good, even if it isn’t.

And despite me not really being important professionally, he still thinks what I do at home is more important than anything else.

He asks me to proofread everything he writes.

He laughs at all my jokes.  Even the ones that I have to tell him are funny.

He patiently puts up with all my shenanigans.

And at times he does make me laugh.

Especially when he doesn't realize it.




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This post inspired by:

Mama’s Losin’ It

Prompt #2: Talk about the last thing your husband did that made you laugh.

27 comments:

  1. Ha ha ha. Oh the end. I need to read more of your words because I need this kind of humour in my life.

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    1. I hope to have more funny words. Lately I've been saving them all for yelling at my husband for being dopey.

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  2. PS. That sounded weird. Attention everyone. I'm not a newbie. I'm a long-time Andrea fan, but I've stopped having time to read any blog lately.

    Glad we cleared that up. I wish I were funny too.

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    1. You ARE funny. You just made me giggle. See? xoxoxo

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  3. No one in my house thinks I'm funny either, so, you know, internet.

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    1. Yeah. At-home comics have a tough crowd to crack.

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  4. At our house, we divide the funny. I get to have the dry, sarcastic, witty funny, and the hubby gets the goofy funny. I'm more Oscar Wilde, and he is more of a prankster. The way we see it, this way together as a team we can be Monty Python funny

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    1. I would love to be more Monty Python up in here! My hubby is funny like grabbing my butt and waggling his eyebrows funny. I don't know what kind of funny that is, but he seems to think it's hilarious.

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  5. We get eyebrow waggling here, too. I love that he provided the exact cost of the dry-cleaning, because obviously if it would have clocked in at 13.89, it would have had to stay there for all eternity.

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    1. I know. And I had to use my own money for it, too! He's lucky I had enough cash.

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  6. I KNOW you are funny, funnier.
    That text made me spit out Diet Coke, because I love the way you say No and he just accepts it. That's marriage right there. ;)

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    1. He really takes all of my crap more gracefully than I ever would or even could.

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  7. So funny. I am also married to an un-funny husband who is destined to be the straight man not only for me, but now for our sharp-witted daughter. Poor guy.
    The text exchange reminds me of a few of ours. Have a great day, Andrea!

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    1. Thank you! See? We all need someone to catch our witticism. :)

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  8. My kids don't appreciate my husband's "sense of humor". In fact, when they say "sense of humor", they make air quotations marks.

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    1. They may "say" they don't appreciate it, but they probably "share" more of it than they'd like to admit, as do mine. I also like using quotation marks.

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    1. Well, of course. I can't be that bratty. Well, I could, but then I'd just feel bad about it all day. Plus, I like to keep him on his toes.

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  10. Good one. My Hubby likes to think he's funny and he often is, but he tends to tell jokes fairly badly and, that in itself, makes him funny to eveyone else. And once in a while, he'll really pull a joke off and catches someone off guard and they get totally pulled it. Those are great moments.

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    1. And the heavens opened and the angels sang... yeah, that's what it's like here when I laugh at something my husband does. He really is a good sport.

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  11. Oh my gosh, that text CONVO!! I am dying!!!

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    1. I was really cracking myself up over my response, too. When he just fired back the feeble "Ok", I peed in my pants. :D

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  12. I do believe we are married to the same man. Christian and I have a running joke that only one of us is the funny one, and the other just has their moments. Big debate over which is which.

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    1. You are a good wife. I insist that I'm the funny one. Even though most of the time, I'm either yelling or being embarrassing.

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  13. My husband does not think I'm funny either. That's why I internet. :)

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    1. The internet has saved all of us, really.

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  14. My husband is hilarious almost all of the time.
    50% on purpose.
    50% accidental.

    The kids and I try not to let him see when we're laughing AT him.
    Because he does not find that funny. At all.

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