One of my little adjustments still in the works is timing dinner. Since I often have all day to plan and make it, the whole meal can be immediately ready when Rick walks in the door at the end of his workday. Problem is, he's not usually ready to eat it, having just had his lunch a mere four hours earlier. Since I am not a luncher myself (and breakfast is only coffee), the schedule makes plenty of sense to me, but I'm flexible. So we use the time to chat, cook a little together, and sometimes, as was the case a few days ago, watch a little TV.
Rick likes to watch Dr. Phil. He finds the drama of other people's issues to be relaxing since they allow his/ours to pale by comparison. Also, Dr. Phil is great for mocking. His downhome Texas sayings, which he passes off as Psychology For The Masses, allow us to riff on and on. Our favorite one to hybridize is always, "Just because the cat has her kittens in the oven, that don't make 'em biscuits." Go ahead, try it. Like this: Just because the dog has her puppies in the garage, that don't make 'em Volvos. The possibilities are endless, and you can make a great game out of it. Sometimes, we like to get a little R-rated, but you can always decide on your own rules.
But, I digress.
The other day, we tuned in well into one of Dr. Phil's earnest and sincere diatribes directed toward some blonde woman whose boyfriend was the problem. Here's an approximation of how the scene went:
Dr. Phil: (already in mid-lecture; stern and earnestly intense) ...but all those are relationship issues. Those we can deal with later. Right now, what I'm hearing you say is that he put his hands on you. In anger.
Blonde: Yes. (nods; looks down) Yes he did. But I love him, Dr. Phil.
Dr. Phil: I don't care about anything else right now. I want you to hear me on this, loud and clear. You got that? You don't ever let a man put his hands on you in anger.
Nance: (in Dr. Phil voice) Now, if he's frustrated, that's different. That's a Frustration Issue. That we can deal with. Let him go ahead and put his hands on you then. Or if he's just crabby. He can put his hands on you then, too. But not. In. Anger!
Rick: Yeah, I don't get that. Isn't him beating her up a relationship issue, too?
Nance: And is it ever okay for a man to put his hands on a woman, so to speak? (again, a Dr. Phil voice) Now, if he puts his hands on you when he's just feelin' silly, why that's okay! Or when he's plumb nuts! Tell him go ahead!
Rick: (in a Dr. Phil voice) But never on the face. That's just Not Okay.