I think some of the most dangerous husband and wife arguments start from the simplest of questions. I’ve seen first hand the graveyard of beaten egos that came as the result of an answer that seemed harmless at first. You can tell it is the wrong answer when you find yourself asking “Did I just say that out loud?” the minute the words come out of your mouth.
So as a service to you men out there that haven’t yet experienced one of these character building sessions, let me present to you the five questions that have only one acceptable answer.
This is the single question that brings fear into the heart of any man that hears it. We know even a simple no won’t be enough unless we can appear 100% convincing. See if you can pretend you didn’t hear her. It’s a gamble, but so is any answer you might give.
2. Do you want an honest answer?
What if person replied with “No” – would they still answer?
3. Is that what you are planning to wear today?
<he he he> Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. Two can play this game- except that you will lose.
4. What Were You Thinking?
5. Is this your fantasy or do you think it’s mine?
When these 10 words are uttered you know this verbal interaction is going to be re-played many times with your wife’s girlfriends. Get used to it. Consider taking a month long business trip to India until this blows over.
Ok – so I gave you my 5; I know there are more waiting for me. Help a brother out and let me know some of yours.