More than several decades have passed since my wife and I got married. While my wife deserves a lot of credit for keeping me as her “big cuddly bear,” I feel compelled to advise some of the younger gentleman who read this website in search of wisdom and advice.
If you are a man in your 20’s or 30’s and you are contemplating marriage my best advice is: DON’T DO IT. Just kidding. That was a joke.
So, if you are a man contemplating marriage, here is how it works in one short lesson. Shortly after marriage each partner brings a lot of “stuff” to an apartment or house. In my case, I brought six bookcases fully loaded with books. Unfortunately, only two bookcases would fit into my den. So I placed the other four bookcases in the living room and thought that this gave the room a charming and quaint look.
After a few months of marriage, my wife explained to me that the bookcases in the living room did not really fit in with the decor. Since I was such a cute “cuddly bear,” wouldn’t I remove just one bookcase? I did. Now here is the part that you men need to understand.
Without going into great detail, I now have only one bookcase in my den. There are no other bookcases in the house. When a man and a woman marry, the man is frequently under the illusion that the house belongs to both the man and the woman. This is not true. Over time, all women move their husbands into the husband’s den, and then the wife takes over the rest of the house and spends a massive amount of money on all types of funny decorations.
Recently I noticed that the bookcase in my den was at maximum capacity. Knowing that an appeal to my wife for another bookcase would be foolish, I boxed up some books and donated them to the library.
As I looked at the few remaining books, I noticed that about ten were written by Isaac Asimov. Dr. Isaac Asimov was a biochemist and a prolific author of both non fiction and science fiction. Much of my understanding of natural science came from reading Dr. Asimov’s books on science. It turns out that Dr. Asimov wrote 506 books. I know that I read at least 400 of his books. I often wondered how Dr. Asimov could write so many excellent books. I feel certain that the good doctor was confined to his den where he wrote many great books while his wife redecorated the rest of the house.
R. Van Conoley