Saw this article in my local paper.
It is important for men to remember that,as women grow older,it becomes more difficult for them to maintain the same standard of housekeeping as when they were younger.When you notice this,try not to shout at them.Some are over-sensitive,and there's nothing worse than an over-sensitive woman.My name is George,let me relate how I handled the situation with my over-sensitive wife Martha.When I took early retirement last year,it became necessary for Martha to take on an extra job to generate the extra income that we need.
Shortly after she started the job I began to notice how she was showing her age.I now get home from the pub about the same time she gets in from work. Although she knows how hungry I am,she always says she needs to rest for half an hour before making dinner.I don't shout at her,I just tell to take her time and wake me up when dinner is on the table.I generally have lunch at the pub,so eating out again is unacceptable;I'm ready for home cooking when I get in.
She used to do the dishes when we finished eating,but now leaves them lying around for several hours.I do what I can by diplomatically reminding her every few minutes that they won't clean themselves.I know she appreciates this as she usually washes them before bedtime.
Another symptom of ageing is complaining.For example she complains that she hasn't enough time in her lunch hour to do all the shopping.I smile,and suggest that she spreads the shopping over 2 or 3 days,and that it wouldn't do her any harm to skip lunch once in a while.Tact is one of my strong points.
I know I look like a saint in the way I support Martha.Showing this much consideration is not easy.Many men will find it difficult - some will find it impossible.However,if you show a little more tact and diplomacy towards your ageing wife as a result of reading this,I will consider writing it was well worthwhile.

Editors Note
George died last week,he was found with a 24inch Stanley screwdriver stuck up his arse with only 2inches protruding.His wife Martha was arrested,but an all female jury accepted her defence that he had actually sat on it

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