Somebody Made The Fish Smell and It Sure Wasn't Me
Added: Sat. May 05, 2012 9:34pm
Posted in: Relationships
“I’m right,” he said.
“No, I’m right,” I said.
About a week ago I bought some fresh salmon at Costco. We have an extra refrigerator-freezer in our garage. When I got home, I put the salmon in that refrigerator until I could get to it to cut it into slices and freeze it; salmon comes in a long slab. I’m the only one in my household who eats salmon, so that’s why I portion it before freezing. I put a note on the kitchen counter to remind myself to do this. And the next day I did. When I slice salmon, I put each slice into a small zipper baggie, zip each one, insert all the small baggies into one big zipper baggie, and the big baggie goes into the garage freezer. This prevents any fish smell.
Several days later, my hubbie made a trek to Costco to buy “his” fish. I’m not sure what it is. But I am sure of one thing -- it stinks. I can’t even stand putting my hands on it because my hands wreak and it's hard to wash the atrocious odor off. Anyway, when he got home from his Costco escapade I wasn’t home. He wrapped his fish, which comes in individual small pieces, in plastic wrap. Then he put them into one big baggie which went into garage freezer.
The next day I noticed that both the refrigerator and freezer compartments had a horrible stench when I opened them. I looked to see if there was something moldy. Nothing. A few days went by and then I noticed his package of fish in the freezer. I opened it and…whewee!!!!!!! I figured out that the plastic wrap was the problem and I rewrapped every piece, placing each into a small baggie first. Like I had done “mine.”
A day later the smell diminished significantly but it was still there. I guess “his” fish smell lingered.
I waited a few days later to nicely mention the problem to my husband. He said, “You know, I noticed the fishy smell, too. But, I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to hurt your feelings. The smell was due to your leaving your salmon in the refrigerator overnight before freezing it.” I said, “No, you’re wrong. I froze the salmon long before the stink occurred.” Then we started the ridiculous banter that couples do:
“No, I’m right.”
And we’re off and runnnnnnnnnnnnning!
A big lesson I learned by interviewing 75 couples married 50+ years to write my book Everlasting Matrimony: Pearls Of Wisdom From Couples Married 50 Years Or More is when to turn off the faucet. It's very, very hard to do because it's a total ego-killer. But in situations like this, there's only one best thing to do: Shut up. That’s what I did. And he was the last one to say, “I’m right.”
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