Latest weekly Insing column is "mrbrown and the Malaysian Road Trip"
"I think we should skip this Malacca holiday," said the wife, two weeks before we were going to go north for a short break with friends.
"Why? We've been planning this for weeks!" I said, rather perplexed.
"I think we should spend time with the kids lah. I might miss them."
I did not know how to reply to this kind of reasoning because either way you lose.
You can't just say, "Oh, forget the kids! We need this break!"
Nor do you want to say, "Sure! Let’s give up our long-awaited long weekend trip and just stay home!"
As a wise husband, I just let nature take its course. And on the weekend before the trip, the wife had to stay home with the three kids while I was out on assignment.
When I got home from work in the evening, she looked ragged.
"Kids gave you a hard time huh?" I said.
"I think... we'll go on that trip after all," she said with a tired laugh.
I must remember to buy some presents for the kids for doing such a fine job of turning my wife around. They did it without even trying. (cont'd)