The Perks of Marriage

January 21, 2010

I know some of you are thinking "I am going to strangle my husband!" (or wife. Whatever) But don't do that. Because he really is a great guy. That's why you married him, after all. And being married is nice, most of the time. We all know there are a few things that make it hard, not the least of which is the fact that you are different after a few years of marriage than the young, virile, energetic, always-up-for-adventure single gal/guy you were when you got engaged.

I mean, who acts the same now as they did when they were dating?

Personally, I was too busy wanting him to like me to really let loose and be my unguarded self; i.e. eating corn-on-the-cob in front of him, laughing naturally (my actually laugh is mostly just a huge burst of a "BAAAAAAAA!!!" and tends to scare little kids), or tell him how much I really love watching TV. It's not like we don't care what our spouses think about us anymore, it's just that over time it seems we sort of forgot to put our Best Foot forward and all that's left is just our regular old Boring Foot.

So here we are, almost 8 years later, and I'm married to a guy who farts at the dinner table and reads "Building Application Frameworks" (which I'm going to bet is a lot LESS exciting than it sounds) in bed for fun. And he's married to a lady who snores like a trucker, and is always interrupting his relaxing nighttime reading by singing little ditties to him that go something like:

"Nerd Reading! Reading for nerds. ♪ It's fun to read when you are a big nerd!
Nerd Reading! But where are your glasses? ♪ How can you read without big dorky glasses?"

The lyrics aren't groundbreaking, but the tune is really quite catchy.

So, ANYWAY, the point is, after a while you realize you are married to someone who is just a person. A person who drives you crazy and makes you laugh and there are a whole lot of ups and downs, but BESIDES all the relationship stuff there are perks to just being married, which is why we have gathered together today. Besides the obvious ones of Companionship, Parenthood, and lots and lots of Money, there are perks you might not have expected or ever even thought about on your way into all this, which is a GOOD thing. Here are a few:


For Him:

  • A Greeting Card Company: He now has someone that will send Thank You cards to his Grandma, and Birthday cards to his mother (This list is meant to be general, and not necessarily specific to me. My husband doesn't have a wife who does this, but some men do, and they are very lucky.)
  • A purse. While still being manly and not overloading his pockets, he gets to enjoy the benefits of a purse. He can have his wife carry stuff in her purse for him, like his cell phone, wallet, scriptures, wire cutters, zip-lock baggy full of worms, etc.
  • A Spider Killer. That's right. I am the Spider Killer in this relationship. I believe it is truly important that each relationship have one, so keep that in mind when searching for your eternal companion.
  • A memory bank. Now he no longer has to remember his phone number or the phone numbers of any of his friends and family, his social security number, important dates and birthdays, directions to his mom's house, how old he is, etc. His memory can essentially shut down without negatively affecting his life at all!

For Her:
  • Insta-heater. When her feet are cold at night she can just stick them on his legs and shazam! Warm Toes!
  • A Comforter: Waking up from a nightmare is no longer a big deal because HE is there.
  • A Pipe-thawer-outer. When the pex pipes freeze in the middle of the night, in the dead of winter, and someone is going to have to crawl under the house with a blow dryer to try to thaw them out, the wife can happily curl up in the warmth of her bed, thanking her lucky stars for her gender.
  • A Noise Investigator. Hear an unexplained bump in the night? Now that you are a married woman, you no longer have to curl up under the covers with only a finger-sized hole to breath out of, replaying your favorite episodes of The Office in your head until you forget all about that weird sound you heard and just fall back to sleep already. Now you can just send your man to check it out!
  • And I just realized that all of the benefits for woman have to do with night time. I think what that really means is that I'm scared of the dark and the cold. I'm positive it doesn't mean anything deeper than that.
  • A back cracker. Without my husband, I would live in constant pain and misalignment.

For Both:
  • A built in excuse. Don't want to go somewhere? Blame it on your spouse!
  • A checkpoint before you walk out the door: Someone to say ''Wait sweetie, your skirt is tucked into your nylons again, or, "Hey! Your fly is down" before you waltz out into the open for all the world to see. Which is why Richard gets so mad at me when He realizes he forgot to do his hair and has been walking around with a fuzzy head all day and I didn't say anything! (Or even notice) That is my job!
  • Being with someone who gets you. If my husband ever sat me down, and wanted to sing painfully cheesy loves songs to me, like Enrique Iglesias, or Richard Marx, I would probably have to punch him in the head. But he doesn't. Which is why we are still happily married.
  • Learning to Truly Communicate with Another Person: Sometimes it feels like trying to communicate with my husband is about as effective as exchanging information through an elaborate dance involving The Running Man, beating each other with sticks, and wordy legal contracts. BUT, if we stick with it, every once in a while we actually manage to really understand each other. And THAT is priceless.

So now it is time to sit down and think of some of the perks you enjoy about marriage. And spill it! I am truly interested to know!

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15 comments

  1. I love this post! Every one of your points is true. Especially the built in excuse.

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  2. I'm the Spider Killer in our house too! I'm coming to realize that more men are scared of spiders than I thought...
    And I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who uses my hubby as an excuse!

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  3. Sigh. I wish I had a built-in excuse. I just have to tell the truth and say I don't want to go.

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  4. I am still thinking about this. But my first reaction is: The noise investigator is a big one. Before I even have time to get scared he is up pulling on pants and ready to beat that bad guy up. I LOVE that. Also in relation to the spider killer. I have seen him go after and grab a cricket with his bare hands many times. (We had a cricket invasion last summer) Crickets are not easy to catch either, they run (or jump) fast, so you have to sneak up on them.

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  5. I think you touched on something vital here. Probably the single most important perk is open, shameless farting.

    Oh and the other perk for me is that I have someone to hand my tech support calls off to.

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  6. Thank you for this. I'm sitting at the library checking my blogs because I'm so furious with my husband for not willingly babysitting the kids so I could have a break once in a while. So I forced him to watch them and just left. And I've been steaming ever since. So I appreciate that this is what I read while I'm here.

    What's good about my husband? I can leave my kids and home and there's nothing CPS can do about it--because he's there.

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  7. Perks:
    back popping...multiple times a day.
    someone to share 1/2 of the icecream that he dishes up for himself. Seriously, any food he gets I eat 1/2 of it.
    Someone to go places with me...wal-mart, the bank, or for a walk.
    Someone to eat the leftovers. I hate eating leftovers. I would waste a lot of food if it weren't for my husband.
    Someone to get the mail and take out the trash. It takes it to a completely different level when it's negative 20 and the wind is blowing and the man still does it.

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  8. I thought you had a 'no farting at the table' rule.

    And I'm also a big fan of the built in excuse, although I thought it was The Perk Which Must Not Be Named. I'm afraid now that you've put it out there, people are going to be on to me.

    One of my favorite perks is having someone you can quote random quotes from TV or movies with. Like when my husband leans in close and whispers in my ear "I think that everybody is going to vomit due to boredom." Yeah, I love him a lot at times like that.

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  9. #1 Perk. Having someone think you're hot even when you're wearing sweats and braids. Ah, true love.

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  10. Honestly my husband as the slightest clue, what size he wears. This is were I come in handy. I Know what size his pants are, shirts, dress shirts, shoes ect. With out me, who knows what size of clothing he would be buying. Also, if it weren't for me around he would never try anything on in the store. :)

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  11. You should teach a class.
    I love the tag-team parenting. If I'm nearing the point where child abuse starts to make sense, he steps up.

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  12. Oh the perks...I love it that I can try to tell my dear husband about someone and I can't remember their name, like in a movie or a lady at church but if I give him enough clues he always knows who I am talking about and remembers their name! I also love that my dh breaks out in song just so it isn't too quiet around the house with 5 kids. He is so spontaneous and optimistic and with enough patience sometimes he wears me down and I give in after I run out of all the reasons I can think of why an idea won't work or it's too cold or the world it coming to an end...sometimes you just need someone to wait for you to run out of steam on a negative rant so life can go on and something can get accomplished; that is what he is good for! (I don't think he listens to the whole rant but he tunes in when I get to the end so it appears he has been listening the whole time.)

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  13. There are so many...I love doubling the holidays. One Christmas never felt like enough for me, now I always get two or three. One birthday cake? Who can be satisfied with just one?
    I also like having someone around who always makes me feel like a lady. I can fart in bed all I want, and still feel like a lady because he farts louder.

    I'm pretty sure my husbands favorite perk is that I will pop his back zits for him.

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  14. Awesome post! My Hubs does many of the same things- including warming my popcicle toes at night.

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