This past weekend, my daughter and I enjoyed a "girls only" float trip down the Illinois River with my sisters in law and their daughters. It's picturesque where we went; tall pine trees, large green hills, blue sky..not what you normally expect for Oklahoma. We wanted to get away from the men-folk as they always have their "guys only" trips so fairs fair, right?
The first night there, we were sitting out on the deck and as always when a group of women get together, the topic of husbands came up and of course the complaints..we tend to use it as venting sessions I suppose, but does it really do any good?? I am normally not one to sit around and chit chat, but this is always the subject that I get sucked into...WHY??? When we returned home on Sunday, the husband and I were watching tv and I was telling him about the trip and how the women were talking about things the spouses do that drive us batty...and he gave me an oddly blank stare..not at how we were talking negatively, but at how they were brought up as conversation at all.
It seems that on their "guys only" trips, the subject of wives is taboo and not allowed as conversation. He explained that they talk about sports, or movies or whatever else, or they simply are quiet..Why is that? What makes it inevitable for women to moan and carry on about what the husbands do or don't do and the men don't even think about the topic of wives?
The answer still eludes me...but I am sure there is a perfectly logical, sound reason for it....the one thing I will take away from this discovery...Silence is good.