He's tall, I'm short.
He loves Mt. Dew, I hate it.
I love coffee, he can't stand the smell.
He loves all things rugged.
I love all things domestic.
It's humorous. Most days.
I haven't always found the humor in our differences. I used to harbor it against him. I used to want him to change. Then I realized that my desire for him to change assumed that I was right and he was wrong. Oh, that stubborn pride.
Has anything changed to make it better?
Yes. My attitude.
I still don't understand the glory of camouflage, but I'm learning to appreciate his taste... because it is HIS taste.
Why would I make a battle over something that could be celebrated?
Make a game of it.
Not too long ago I kept finding Mt. Dew bottle caps in my glass jar. My glass jar. Doesn't he know that glass jars for for pretty things like eggs, shells, and fall foliage? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Rather than making it an issue, we chose to make a game of it. We started hiding the bottle caps in various places for the other to discover: in my toothbrush drawer, in his shoe (that might have been a little painful), on my dashboard, in his sock bin, on the bathroom ceiling (I told him that wasn't fair because I can't reach that high.) It was a silly game, but it was better than getting annoyed.
My husband recently got a new phone and I lovingly set his wallpaper for him: a picture of my Starbucks cup. Needless to say, it didn't stay on his phone for very long, but we both got a chuckle over it.
I've learned to lighten up, and enjoy him for who he is (and all of his cute little quirks).
I'm choosing to celebrate our differences, rather than allow them to become lines drawn in the sand of a battle field.
What are some differences between you and your spouse that are humorous?
Do you have a fun "I love you" game that you share?