Can men and women think alike?

In my Father’s Day sermon last week I noted that Peter’s admonition for husbands to live with their wives in an understanding way has been called the biggest challenge God has ever given to men. I went on to note that men understand other men; we know how they think, and usually know what to expect. The corollary is that we don’t know how women think or what to expect from them. I was proven wrong on both counts before lunch. Let me explain.

We recently had “my” bathroom re-done. We did “Marilyn’s” three years ago, and I was in no hurry to do mine. I didn’t see anything wrong with a green toilet and shower. But, understanding that women think differently about such things, I eventually gave in. And, I have to admit, it really turned out nice. Now I have a very contemporary bathroom that no one will ever see.

Anyway, I knew the picture of a Harris Hawk that had graced my bathroom for years would have to go. I was anxious to find something to put in it’s place, but Marilyn told me she was going to take care of it. It drove me crazy not knowing what was coming, or what she was waiting for. The study at home is filled with falconry pictures, and the living room has vacation and family pictures, so what would it be? Apparently it wouldn’t even be artsy, because she wouldn’t even let me pick out something at the Art Fair.

Without saying anything to her about it, I started thinking a picture of my first motorcycle would really be cool. And I thought maybe Father’s Day would be the day for whatever was coming. We had found a picture of my ‘48 Harley a couple of years ago when going through some pictures Mom had saved, but never really discussed it. Except to note that I had bought it for $90 and sold it for $95, and that they are now worth $50,000 or so. But that’s another story.

I’m sure you’ve guessed the end of this story. Yes, a beautiful picture of my old Harley now hangs in a place of honor in my new bathroom. I guess after 40 some years together, men and women can actually start thinking alike.

God Bless, Rick

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