I don’t even remember what The Thing was, now. It was something ridiculous. Like, tomato sauce. We have these shared shopping lists on our phones: one for the grocery store, one for Target, one for Costco. And my husband was going to Target that very day, so I put “tomato sauce” on the Target list.
When he came home, I helped put the shopping away. No tomato sauce.
“Oh no!” I lamented. “You forgot the tomato sauce!”
“No, I didn’t,” he said.
I looked at him, blinking. “. . .”
Him: “We don’t get tomato sauce at Target.”
Me: “I know we don’t usually get tomato sauce at Target. But… I put it on the list.”
Him: “But we don’t get it at Target. It’s less expensive at the grocery store.”
Me: “But… you weren’t going to the grocery store today. And I need the tomato sauce tonight. And I PUT it on the LIST.”
Him: “But we Don’t. Get. Tomato sauce. At Target.”
Me: Primal scream.
How..? How can something so perfectly logical to one half of a couple – a couple who have been together FIFTEEN YEARS and who know each other QUITE WELL – be so completely illogical to the other? HOW WILL WE SURVIVE?!?!
(At least now I know I will have to include “Special dispensation” or “One-time exception to the precise location of the typical purchase of this item” should I need The Thing at Target in future. Marriage: A Perpetual Learning Experience.)