Thursday, November 09, 2006

How Do I Love Thee?

I always adored that poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. ..”

And now I'd like to offer an extra verse, compliments of one rousing argument.

See, one night, my spouse and I got into it over a bio-friendly sink de-clogger. Afterwards, I stayed downstairs silently cursing. He went upstairs and shut the door to our room.

About ten minutes later, as I looked over to the bio-friendly de-clogger in question, I got this thought, “I love you more than Rid-X.” So I went upstairs, opened the door and quietly said, “I love you more than Rid-X.”

In that moment, when forgiveness flowed in laughter and hugs, it was better than Barrett Browning. "How do I love thee? I love thee more than Rid-X." Ah, the romance…

”Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that it's wise to hold your tongue until you can think of something better to say. I have the worst habit of not thinking before I speak sometimes. A insert foot kind of thing, haha :) I'll have to remember that verse next time we have a fight, but maybe change the object ;)

8:41 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I love arguments that end that way. :)

9:02 AM  
Blogger christianne said...

I love the way your mind works -- that it would even think something like that in such a tense moment.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Those are the kinds of things that real romance is made of, I think. Everyday things. And love that supersedes all else - even Rid-X.

9:43 AM  
Blogger eph2810 said...

That put a smile on my face. Thank you so much for sharing.

You know the Proverbs you quoted keep coming back to me every time someone is harsh to me...

9:57 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

So funny L.L.! I will think of you as I contemplate what to do with my clogged up sinks. Isn't it fun to make spoofs like that? It keeps life interesting and fun.

Oh thanks for the comment on mis rusticated blogo. I appreciate the thought of being included...sorry my response was so long, i wouldn't mind a bit if all of it was edited out :) hee---

11:29 AM  
Blogger Craver Vii said...

Absolutely priceless! I love it!

11:34 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Great story!
Tuesday, I had to love my husband more than voting. I didn't want to vote. I didn't like any of the governor candidates and didn't know anything about the others, but it is very important to my husband that I participate. So I voted. I love him more than voting, or not voting, as the case may be.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! I think this same type of sentiment works in just about every relationship -- what are our boundaries, how much do we really love?

2:46 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Stephanie... yes, I suppose your husband might be confused if you say you love him more than Rid-X! :)

Andrea... I guess I love the end, not the arguments. :)

Christianne... my spouse has taught me the value of humor!

Katrina... indeed... and you've given me an idea for another post... maybe next week.

Eph2810... sharing is what draws us together, yes?

Kat... I'm honored to now abide in your house, in the clogs. :)

Craver... glad you found something to love here. :)

Heather... funny, but when we put it that way it seems so obvious. Of course we love them more than voting or Rid-X or a blue versus green car or...

Charity... in fact, I now use this way of thinking with my kids. I'll say to one of them, "You love her more than a piece of paper (hairbrush, whatever), don't you? They seem to get it. Still, it comes down to whether one will abandon pride enough to tell the other the truth... "Yes, I love you more than a piece of paper..."

5:18 PM  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

I Like this post, I guess the making up is the fun part!

I am back online.....yipeee but due to the work I have to catch up on I will not be able to blog until the weekend!

I hope you are well and happy and I will visit again soon L.L!


7:06 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yes, and maybe even more than being right?? It's so nice when the marriages get to the point where you can laugh with and at each other.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...


Great one. I like it. One to remember, with that story. Yes, there are more important things than being "right".


4:35 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Martin... glad you're back on-line and that you love work more than blogging (ha!)

Jennifer... oh, laughter there is much! I think it is one of our great strengths as a couple.

Ted... I do so love to be right. How wrong that can be! :)

8:53 AM  
Blogger angela said...

the perfect ending to an argument

12:06 PM  

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