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0 Thoughts on “Living With A Boy

  1. Blecch! I hate gender stereotypes. I hate them for men as much as I hate them for women. I’d hate to think that anyone would pre-judge all of who I am based on a gender stereotype (God knows, there are so many women in the world that do things that make me embarrassed to share the same gender with them).

    Gender stereotypes set up expectations for people that make them feel bad if they don’t meet them. My husband, for example, feels awful when something goes wrong with the car & he doesn’t somehow magically know how to fix it simply because he has male reproductive organs. Now, why should he feel bad about the fact that he hasn’t learned how to do something that some people spend years learning & take great pride in doing well?

    Rant, rant, rant, I could go on & on about this topic :willy_nilly:

    Anyway… I never really ‘got’ the toilet seat issue. If it’s rude for him to leave it up, isn’t it equally rude for a woman to leave it down? Anyway, in our house, we want it closed all the way, to keep pets from drinking out of it!

    We are all unique people. It’s not our genders but our life lessons that make us different from one another. Any time that two of us get together, no matter what the genders, it’s best to get to know each other as we are (not as our stereotypes are) & find ways to work together from there.

  2. I always come in the door from work, take off my socks and drop them wherever I happen to be standing. It drives him absolutely mental. I’m not a neat freak at all.
    I think it’s interesting the things you learn about people when you live with them, but I couldn’t imagine not sharing my life with him.

  3. Maureen – Well said, both Erik and I really hate gender stereotypes because neither of us fit them very well.  We drive people crazy because we won’t just act the way we’re supposed to :rolleyes:  My point of the post was how cool it is though to live with someone and get to know them and how it changes everything.  I’m so lucky the only guy I’ve ever lived with was Erik.  I only lived with one other person, a girl, and this is much better.

    Chris – Actually, me leaving food out drives him the most crazy but I do tend to leave my socks all over the house. I think we both agree that even with all the annoyance we wouldn’t change a thing.

  4. Sometimes I think I am more of a guy than he is and he’s more of a woman than I am.

    So… you’re both transgender? Then you’re really lucky you found each other. :cheesy:

    I’ve never understood why it’s a man’s responsibility to put the toilet seat down, rather than a woman’s responsibility to put the toilet seat up. But mostly I think, “It’s a toilet seat… get over it.”

  5. I’m glad things are going well for you.

    I used to leave my clothes everywhere, but then one day a year or so ago I stopped cold turkey. 🙂

  6. I love putting the remote in your pre-nup! :thumbsup:
    You’re so right, it’s very comforting to sleep next to a
    man, or a partner that you love. Having slept alone
    for a lot of years makes it all that much better.
    Tarzan doesn’t leave the toilet seat up either &

  7. Actually we close the toilet seat all together because of the cats and I think it looks nicer anyway :dunno:

  8. Cats solve many problems I’ve noticed, I used to put the toilet seat down as well because of the cat and he had learned that on the first day. It’s always interesting to find out things about people when you start ilving with them because otherwise you might not have known them. It’s all good in the end 🙂

  9. It’s also strange to have someone know you SO well and you know another person SO well. Nobody knows us like I know Erik and he knows me. Not our friends, siblings or parents. I could write a book about Erik. I think that is so cool and a little unnerving.

  10. When we first moved in together, I had to “train” Brian to close the toilet lid because one of our cats like to drink out of it! Nice to know we aren’t the o nly ones!

  11. Hi Barb :wave:

    Our cats just drink out of the shower instead :rolleyes:

  12. I apologize if I’ve already told you this, but we’ve actually had to stop drinking out of glasses because of this particular cat (Basil). So anything we drink has to be out of a bottle or can. :rolleyes:

  13. Barb – I don’t think you told me that. It’s unbelievable how much we change our lives for our pets…they don’t seem to change their lives much for us.

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