In my extended absence from home recently, it became necessary to communicate via email with my Tall, Dark, and Slightly Neanderthal fellow. I wrote a somewhat wordy and informative letter, with details on an upcoming trip, information on our feverish little girls, gentle family gossip, and the like, and wound up with a reminder to *not* share trip details immediately, as we still needed to work out the fine budget points, and to share prematurely might discourage his lovely Mother, which despicable thing I am loathe to do, because she is lovely.
He called his mom something like 14 seconds after getting my email.
She was understandably discouraged (the budget numbers for transporting a family of six on a 4000 mile trip is rather discouraging, no matter how it is couched).
My Tall, Dark, and Slightly Neanderthal fellow emailed me back, relating his Mother’s dismay.
I then excited the electrons to ask him, what part, specifically, of “don’t immediately call your Mom” was so terribly unclear?
This is the email I got back, and I consider it a useful lesson in How To Communicate With Those of the Tall, Dark, and Slightly Neanderthal Persuasion, and I share it in full, in the hopes it may aid other slightly confused women:
I am a MAN! And as a man, I lose interest in reading stuff. So, as a WooMan, you need to prioritize your writing. For example:
1) “Don’t send this immediately to your mom”
2) then the financial crap,
3) then, blah, blah, blah….
4) and even more blah.
5) The End.
Now, ain’t that purtier? I never got down to the bottom. The sticker shock got me. Kiss the girls for me.
Thus endeth my Public Service obligations for the week.