Your engineer understands what it means to be respected – to have people listen to him quietly, without interruption, as he explains his position clearly, concisely, and imperviously. He’s just virginal when it comes to actually experiencing that event!
Yes, he’s capable of short sentences and shared conversation, but why should he do that to himself?
Clearly, he’s got a lot to say – and on just about any topic! Also, his opinion is the only one that’s completely informed (in his own opinion), so everyone else should just sit back and enjoy the enlightenment they are receiving.
You come into a room at a party, where it is clear to you that he’s already launched into another of his (almost endless) flights of logical fancy. No one wants to even make the effort to understand what he’s saying, and they are looking distraught already! Your engineer is completely ignoring reality – both in terms of the patience of the audience at hand, and the contents of what he’s saying!
Well, LWYE, what’s a good engineer’s wife to do?
Well, frankly, nothing else you’ve done has ever been able to stop this embarrassment from occurring every month or so. Take comfort in the knowledge that we don’t know how to stop it either – at least in any permanent way short of a mercy killing. We don’t recommend that approach, although the stories of the duress you’ve lived under – of what he’s done to your once enjoyable life – would probably go a long way in reducing your sentence.
In an emergency – as in right now since he’s launched his latest diatribe – you should remember his most enjoyable activity is solving problems! The opportunity to demonstrate how effective he is at fixing anything is irresistible.
“Honey, there’s a problem in the bathroom that needs your attention right away!”
He’s right on your heels, into the bathroom where you can apply a bit (okay, a LOT) of course correction and remind him of the joys of sleeping on the couch for another week!
Five minutes of glaring while you both pretend he’s “fixing” something, and he’s off. Under no circumstance should you let him actually fix anything – that never ends well! You should be able to enjoy the rest of your evening out with friends in peace – but don’t bet the house on it!
As always, you should be grateful for your engineer. Every one of your friends complains about how their husband doesn’t seem to ever offer his opinion on anything. You don’t have their problem, now do you?
Finally, be thankful that you didn’t marry an accountant. No matter how bad it might be, your engineer at least has a sense of humor. Smile, and enjoy another day full of wonder.
You are welcome!