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Huh? What? Just Cut the Girl Some Slacks? Oh, Slack, Gotcha!

Marie Anne’s not so subtle message that I need hearing aids. This mail was recently received, addressed to her late father, Emile

Marie Anne and I have been married many years through some really good and really bad times. A more caring individual you will not find. She will drop everything at a moment’s notice to help a family member or friend in need. I know better than anyone because I have been on the receiving end of her infinite kindness for years. Plus, she’s a good cook. Errrrr, I digress…

No matter how good someone is there are always faults than can be found, especially by those who are closest to them. The biggest fault I find with her is she finds faults in me. Namely, my hearing.

She’s forever saying, “you need a Beltone.” I tell her it’s not that I can’t hear her…I choose not to. Oops…let me rephrase that. I don’t listen as intently as a loving husband should and, therefore, I am flawed. I tell her to call out my name and get my attention before she addresses me and that way she’ll have my undivided attention (unless I’m hyper focused on a news story or listening to my own voice on Channel 5 news…in that case, she’ll have to wait!). Seriously, though, a BELTONE? It’s become kind of a (not so funny) joke around here.

Marie Anne is not subtle. She says what she means…no hinting around or beating around the bush. I don’t know if I like or dislike that approach but, as they say, it is what it is. I just need to cut her some slack and try to do better. Yeah, that’s my mantra…try to do better.

If you run into me at a local shop or live broadcast in the future, don’t be surprised if I have some new accessories in my ears. Yes, they will be my new Beltone Earrings.

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