Bob attended a seminar on interpersonal relationships and became convinced that he needed to do a better job of showing appreciation to his wife. So on his way home from work he picked up a dozen long-stem roses and a box of chocolates. He was eager to see how excited his wife would be at this example of appreciation.
As Bob walked in the door with a big grin, he met his wife in the hallway – and she burst into tears.
“What’s wrong, honey?” Bob asked.
“It’s been a terrible day,” she exclaimed. “First, Tommy tried to flush a diaper down the toilet. Then the dishwasher quit working. Sally came home from school with her legs all scratched, and now you come home drunk!”
(from Am I Making Myself Clear? by Terry Felber, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
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