I never saw an "over-30" Barbie

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Savvy men know that there are certain boundaries one is not allowed to cross–wait, make that should never cross–with women. One of those is giving your best friend’s hot wife a kiss, even if it’s one of those wannabe European dual-cheek kisses. Another is anything to do with a woman’s weight, and most especially, if you’re married to her, or you are otherwise enjoying a FWB kinda relationship.

Just recently, a very attractive lady at my office openly wore a maternity shirt for the first time since she got pregnant. I had first noticed that she might be pregnant a couple of months ago, but having been through two pregnancies with my wife, and having listened to her come home and complain every day about the many unsavory comments she received, I kept my mouth shut until I was certain this lady was pregnant and even when I did acknowledge it, I did so with a hearty congratulations and some joke about how I thought she was pregnant but how I wasn’t going to stick my foot in my mouth until I was sure. I thought I was very clever and witty–she probably thought that I thought I was very clever and witty–but really wasn’t.

But we men have realized that simply knowing when to play dumb is not enough. See, women test us from time to time and we men have to be ready–constantly on guard.

Just this morning I fixed myself and CareerMom a faux-egg McMuffin and it was one of those rare occasions where we both get to eat breakfast together. I sat down with my egg McFaux and the latest full-color Burpee catalog; she sat down with her breakfast and the latest Lands End swimsuit catalog.

The Lands End swimsuit catalog is not for teens or for supermodels. Nossir, it’s for normal women. Women who perhaps, have had children and who aren’t quite bold enough to go sunbathing in Brazil. So the entire catalog is full of swimsuits with catchy slogans like, “Minimizes those problem areas” and “Strut your stuff without showing too much.”

Problem areas? Stuff? I guess a problem area for a woman is like my love handles. They’re there and nothing short of going all bulimic on it is going to make it go away. So I avoid tight-waisted clothes so as to minimize the muffin-top effect.

Anyway, I’m sitting there drooling over the shiny, waxed peppers in my catalog when CareerMom reads from hers:

               “OK honey, do I need a swimsuit that:
                    A. Minimizes my shoulders and bust?
                    B. Slims my tummy and waist
                OR
                    C. Minimizes my hips and thighs?”

Dude, I froze. Time stood still. The sandwich in my mouth just sat there collecting drool while my mind feverishly searched for the right answer. The two sides of my brain warred with each other; the right side pleading for me to say something clever and funny in an attempt at diffusing the situation; the left side begging for some semblance of sanity while also reminding me that CareerMom was going out of town next week and that I’d probably want to be in my wife’s good graces this weekend.

Probably two or three seconds went by and finally, the perfect response won out and I said,

              “I’m not touching that with a ten foot pole. How stupid
               do you think I am anyway?”

CareerMom just smiled and nodded her head. I finished my breakfast, got up from the table and as I was putting my dishes in the dishwasher, right brain won out and I blurted,

              “Do they have one that maximizes your breasts
              and shoulders?”

Damn…I couldn’t just let it go could I?

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4 thoughts on “I never saw an "over-30" Barbie

    Dad Stuff said:
    April 10, 2008 at 8:35 am

    You actually found the right answer to your unwinable test.
    Very impressive.

    Re: Yes, but then I had to go and blow it with my final comment. Ah well. 50/50 isn’t too bad.

    Allison said:
    April 11, 2008 at 7:32 am

    That may be your best post yet. Thank goodness for “better sense”….sort of.

    RE: Luckily, I don’t think she took offense, but she could have very easily!

    Rose said:
    April 11, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Your comment sounds like my husband, even the addition you made after all was said and done. You all must take soem sort of course before we married you on how to answer tough questions fantastically and then go and stick your foot in your mouth after to catch us off guard so we can’t get really mad.

    By the way: I love Lands end swim suits. I like to be able to get on the beach and play with the kids without feeling like I am whoring myself out. Most bathing suits expose way to much for us mommys.

    PS: I started The Shack and am thus far (chap. 5) enjoying it. thanks for the suggestion.

    RE: Glad you’re enjoying the book. And yes, I think we men, at our base, are all very much alike. We just can’t leave well enough alone!

    romi41 said:
    April 13, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    hahahaha..you were so close to perfection…but hey, if there IS a swimsuit like that, let me know 😉

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