Thursday, August 6, 2009

Toilet Paper Wars

I firmly believe toilet paper rolls should be placed on the holder so the paper is lying on the front of the roll for ease and convenience.
Mike, just as firmly, believes it should hang down at the back for ease and convenience.
Shocking to realize we made it to our 25th anniversary, isn't it?
At first, we explained to each other the infalliable attributes of our firmly held, supported-by-our-families, long-practiced, only-reasonable-possibility, belief on the correct execution of this household necessity.
Then (unbelievably without government aid) we came to a compromise. Whoever put the new roll on got to decide how it went and it stayed that way until it was empty.
I had a woman friend tell me once this sharing of being right, was wrong. "I just change it to be the way it's supposed to be."
However, for twenty-five years this compromise has reminded each of us -several times a day - that just because I think something is right, doesn't mean it is the ONLY way for it to be right.
It's a simplistic act of will to bend to another's wish. However, the fact that after two and half decades we each still cling to our preference, says we know and understand we are different and will likely have differences all our lives.
Plus - in our desire to have things our own way, the toilet paper holder is rarely left empty!


Chris and Chuck Keith said...

I,m a front loader. Chuck doesn't notice either way and could really care less. Also a reminder that we both don't place importance on exactly the same things, but still married after more than 23 years.

Kay Dew Shostak said...

another great thing to be reminded of. Don't you just love marriage?