He looked down at the dried-out pot roast, hidden by lumpy gravy. The asparagus was limp to exhaustion from over cooking. At least the potatoes and carrots were okay, coated with a layer of brown drippings.
How could she have ruined pot roast, she asked herself. It was the one fail-safe meal – according to his mom. Just stick it in a roaster with some water and cook on low for several hours. So easy for her.
He doesn’t say a word about her poor attempt to replicate his mother’s Sunday dinner. He eats his meal without complaint and at the end he says, “Thank you for cooking.”
Now it’s been over forty years and he still never fails to say thank you when she cooks, regardless of how the meals turn out. And she thanks him when he cooks.
Oh, the magic in two simple words.
Reflections: Have you tried the magic of “thank you” in your marriage?
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