Skip to main content

Thursday Thoughts: The Secret to a Happy Marriage is Good Syrup

John and I celebrate our 26th anniversary this month.  We enjoy a happy marriage , and like to believe that we communicate well.  Recently, though, our youngest daughter told us that the secret to a happy marriage is not good communication, but rather, good syrup.

 

Saturday morning, youth from church gathered to our home for breakfast and to watch general conference.  I scrambled eggs, cooked bacon, and made waffles.  I had purchased Costco-sized bottles of Log Cabin syrupI vastly overestimated how much food we would need, so we had leftovers.

As I was setting the table the next morning, I put out our jug of pure maple syrup instead of the imitation stuff.  Youngest daughter brought the Log Cabin over, which prompted a discussion comparing pure maple syrup with maple-flavored syrup.  I confessed that the difference in taste didn't mean that much to me, but that because John prefers real maple syrup, I always buy it.  Oldest daughter said she thought we always had pure maple syrup because I have a strong preference against artificial ingredients.  I said that although she had my preferences right, the real reason for buying real maple syrup was because John likes it so much. 

At this point, John looked at me and said, "I always thought it was for the reason [oldest daughter] gave."  

All these years, I've been splurging on the good stuff.  

John, probably after mentally adding up potential savings, said, "If you want to buy the other kind sometime, that's OK."  

He continued, laughing: "The secret to a good marriage, girls, is good communication."

Youngest daughter replied, "I thought it was good syrup."

Have you experienced any long-term misunderstandings? 

Thanks to my sweet husband, who doesn't say a word about my splurges. 


You might find my posts on these blog hops:
Sew Darn Crafty Party,  Find a Friend Friday, Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop, Show Your Stuff, The Wildly Original Link Party, Wow Us Wednesdays, Down Home Blog Hop, Tuesday Archive Link Up, Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River, Grandparents Say It Saturday
The Creative Home Acre Hop Best Blog Post Ever, Grand Social,
Crafty Garden Mama,
Let's Get Social Sundays
Freedom Fridays



Pin It

Comments

  1. A good story with a perfect moral.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Good story about communication--it is so easy to assume things.

    ReplyDelete
  3. That is so funny. I'm know we have had them, but I can't think of any long-term miscommunications off the top of my head. I'm sure my husband would think of one in a heartbeat, though. :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. ... what Nancy said.... Good communication is everything in a marriage. We both dislike syrup, so the other part I have no knowledge of....

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh I love this..your blessed with a good husband..I always buy my favorites...he never cares or so I think,,,

    ReplyDelete
  6. Funny story! ~ Some things are worth splurging on. :)
    I am a true believer in using the real McCoy, not an artificial, lab produced facsimilie...real sugar, actual maple syrup, quality tea, and scrimp on things we don't eat(and put into our bodies). The taste is much better, too. Congrats on 26 years!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Put down the Log Cabin and back slowly away from the table. Clearly you need to come visit your sister in the land of maple syrup. I'll feed you maple syrup, maple donuts, maple bacon, maple ice cream, maple cookies, and maple pecan pie until your taste buds are appropriately calibrated. Thank goodness you posted so I learned of this emergency!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, yes, sign me up for taste bud calibration! I'd love to come visit you in the land of maple syrup. How in the world did we end up across the country from each other?

      Delete
  8. What a great story. My husband used to tell the story about his mother and father and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. His mother made two of them for lunch every day for his father. One of the children once asked about it and their mother said it was because their father liked them so much. He finally spoke up to say that, though he liked them, he didn't need two every day, to the exclusion of all other types of sandwiches. She had no idea.

    ReplyDelete
  9. A very funny post! We've been married 41 years and our communications skills are just about as good as yours! LOL Happy Weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  10. It is a great story and your sister is right! How could you not tell the difference? It's like the difference between good vanilla extract and vanilla flavoring! Your sister will fix you!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love it. Not long ago I told my husband maybe we could change the rose wall in the living room. He said, "I've never liked it so it's fine with me." I hated that wall for 5 years but he was so sweet to paint it I never wanted to tell him. Maple syrup or paint...all the same!

    ReplyDelete
  12. It just goes to show; something that my hubby and I found out long ago; we can't read each other's minds so we need to stop trying or at least assuming that we can. It makes for much better communications!
    At our house it's Sour Dough Pancakes.... the rest of the family likes syrup on them; me I like some butter/margarine and that's it! I'm a bit of a purest on my sour dough's.It brings out the flavor!
    Jean C.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Cute story. Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop. Come back and see us this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/self-sufficient-homeacre-hop-and-homemade-soap-giveaway/

    ReplyDelete
  14. This is such a cute story. I just love children's open and honest look at life. After almost forty-four years of marriage, we have definitely had numerous "miscommunication" hits, but we are usually able to figure it all out without incident!

    Sorry I haven't visited in a while, Kristi. I thought I had your blog listed in my sidebar, which I did not but now do! I'll do better -- I'll TRY to do better!

    Carol

    ReplyDelete
  15. This I know - Hugh and I both agree on having "good" syrup in the house.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great story and yes I have my share of misunderstandings! Thanks for linking with me :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh, wow, what a great story! Reminds me of the kinds of things my Grandparents used to tell us. :)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

It's #RootsTech Giveaway Time!

In February of 2018, not knowing exactly what to expect, I attended RootsTech for the first time. What I learned is that RootsTech has something for everyone, from the most beginner of beginners to professional DNA genealogists. If you are interested in your own family story, come to RootsTech! RootsTech offers over 300 classes, amazing keynote speakers, an Expo Hall packed with all sorts of vendors, and evening cultural events. 

After an enjoyable experience in 2018, I returned in 2019, and even got my husband, John, to come one of the days to hear Saroo Brierley give a keynote address. 

Speaking of keynote addresses, this week RootsTech just announced that one of the speakers for 2020 will be David Hume Kennerly, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer. I can't wait to hear his story!

RootsTech 2020 will celebrate its 10th anniversary, and is bound to be the best one yet! I have been delighted to be accepted as an official RootsTech ambassador. One of the perks is that I received a c…

Ten Things of Thankful: Nearly Christmas Edition

This is a busy time of year, and though it isn't as busy for me as it has been in past years, my to-do list still seems longer than the hours in the days. However, I find that when I spend time to focus on the reason for the season, I can feel the joy of Christmas and the tasks-at-hand fall back into their proper place. This week I had the opportunity to attend some wonderful events, and I'd love to take you along for a virtual tour:

Let's start at the Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, last Friday night. The Tabernacle Choir joined with the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Bells on Temple Square, along with dancers and guest artists Kelli O'Hara and Richard Thomas, to present a spectacular Christmas concert. Although I couldn't record any of the performance, the following 2-minute video from the church provides an overview:




The last time John and I had attended a Christmas concert by the Tabernacle Choir, they were still holding those conc…

Ten Things of Thankful: So Long, October!

Although the number of good moments in October outnumbered the sad, I'm still thankful it is now November!

November brings:
1. a time change. I'm thankful that mornings will be lighter earlier.
2. John's birthday. I'm thankful for him, and love thinking of ways to make his day special.
3. Drexel's birthday. He will be 7 years old this month. Time passes so quickly! I'm thankful for him; he's a good dog. 
4. Thanksgiving. I'm thankful we have a designated day to remember to be thankful.
5. Oldest granddaughter's birthday. She will also be 7 this month. Time passes so quickly! I'm thankful for her; she's a sweet girl.

Other things I'm thankful for this week:
6. Books. I read Educated  and started It's All Relative. Educated is thought-provoking on many levels. I'm looking forward to finishing It's All Relative; I started it in the Baker City Public Library while waiting for our van to be repaired. My copy from Amazon should arrive late…