11 "Don't-Tell-the-Wife" Secrets All Men Keep
Secret #10: We'll always wish we were 25 again
Granted, when I was 25 I was working 16-hour days and eating shrimp-flavored
Ramen noodles six times a week. But as much as we love being with you now, we
will always look back fondly on the malnourished freedom of our misguided
youth. "Springsteen concerts, the '91 Mets, the Clinton presidency -- most
guys reminisce about the days when life was good, easy and free of
responsibility," says Rob Aronson, 41, of Livingston, New Jersey, who's
been married for 11 years. "At 25 you can get away with things you just
can't get away with at 40."
While it doesn't mean we're leaving you to join a rock band, it does explain
why we occasionally come home from Pep Boys with a leather steering-wheel cover
and a Born to Run CD.
Secret #11: Give us an inch and we'll give you a lifetime
I was on a trip to Mexico, standing on a beach, waxing my surfboard and
admiring the glistening 10-foot waves, when I decided to marry the woman who is
now my wife. Sure, this was three years before I got around to popping the
question. But that was when I knew.
Why? Because she'd let me go on vacation alone. Hell, she made me go. This
is the most important thing a man never told you: If you let us be dumb guys,
if you embrace our stupid poker night, if you encourage us to go surfing -- by
ourselves -- our silly little hearts, with their manly warts and all, will
embrace you forever for it.
And that's the truth.
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