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Sunday, February 17, 2013

WE NEED TO FIGHT - a Cranky Monday re-run


A re-run from February 2012...Things have not changed!

Something is missing in the relationship between my wife and me. We never fight. We hardly even disagree on things. I thought couples were supposed to fight. Every couple I’ve known fights. I always fought in my other marriages. It worries me that we never fight.

So the other day I turned to Mrs. Cranky and said, “We need to fight.”


“We need to fight.”


“Because it’s going on four years since we’ve met and we haven’t had a real fight. It doesn’t seem normal. It doesn’t seem right. I’m used to having two or three fights a month.”

“But I don’t want to have a fight.”

“We really should have at least one fight.”

“What do you want to fight about?”

“How about doing the dishes? I never help with the dishes.”

“Yes you do.”

“Not really; all I do is rinse and occasionally empty the dishwasher.”

“That’s helping.”

“I don’t think it is.”

“Sure it is, you help a lot and I appreciate it.”

“No I don’t, you should yell at me over my lack of help.”

“But I don’t want to yell at you, I have no reason to start a fight. You want a fight you yell at me!”

“What should I yell at you about?”

“I don’t know; you wanted to have a fight.”

“Yeah, but I don’t know how to start a fight, I’m a counter puncher.”

“Well I don’t know how to start a fight either!”

“Hmmm…that is a problem. I guess we’ll just have to agree to agree.”

“I agree.”

“Do you need any help with the dishes?”

“You’re a jerk!”


  1. To me that would qualify as at least a Quaker fight. Good job! ;)


  2. Cranky that is a good thing remember a happy wife is a happy life

  3. My hubby and I have been married for almost 44 years, and we never got the hang of fighting, either. After all these years, I don't think we'll worry about learning.

  4. It is important to fight - brings out the passion! I wish hubby would fight sometimes - he tends to just go off in a huff and ignore me for 3 days. I pick a fight nowadays just to get some peace and quiet occasionally.

  5. I know people who think couples shouldn't fight but I can't help but think no fighting means no passion. The important thing is knowing how to make up.

  6. A dash of arsenic in your husband's scrambled eggs can stop a fight before it starts!!

  7. Wonderful to live in a relationship where there isn't always a state of conflict and a cold war on the back burner, isn't it? Papa Bear and I are the same. We did our years of "fussin and fightin" in previous marriages and have no desire to live like that now. We make grump a little now and then, but never ever let it escalate into a mean-spirited confrontation. Like you, we seem to be so alike and see things in such similar ways that there just isn't any basis for conflict... as long as he's had is morning fix of caffeine! ;-)

  8. Our fights are more like a media circus court case. I am Gloria Allred, and my husband is The Mad Hatter. I double as judge and jury, and often hold him in contempt.

  9. It helps having three tiny children and being majorly sleep deprived. You get really adept at maintaining that short fuse. Arguments can arise at the drop of hat. luckily we're both so knackered we can never remember what they were about - unless I blog about them of course:)

  10. My husband and I rarely fight, either. I leave him alone and he leaves me alone. Once in a while we hang out or travel together. Meanwhile, I do stuff in the house and he's a yard Nazi.