I can’t believe the amount of stuff for sale at Target.
Eleven different kinds of lip balm. Six flavors of M&Ms. Black iPad minis. White iPad minis.
Three kinds of fedoras. Does anyone wear those fedoras?
I wish I was the kind of guy who could grab a fedora off the rack at Target and boldly wear it all weekend with some beat up jeans and canvas shoes.
Or whatever goes with a fedora. I don’t even know.
Target is a magical place. Like I said, I can’t believe the amount of stuff they have for sale.
Fresh popcorn and People magazine. Apartment furniture and sunscreen.
I could never keep up with all of that.
I mean really – how do you keep up with all of that?
If you’re the lady in charge of The Target, how do you remind yourself to re-stock the purple earbuds and the Britax Roundabouts and the tennis balls?
It seems very complicated. Certainly more than I can handle.
I read somewhere that the simplest recipe for success in business in to ask people what they want and give it to them.
That makes a lot of sense. Target does that, just on a very big scale.
They find all the things people want and put it all under one roof.
It seems to work. Every time we go in there, $100 leaves our pockets.
That same simple recipe – ask people what they want and give it to them – is the only thing I know about marriage.
Mary Craig likes to spend time together. It fills her tank for us to be in the same space.
When we’re together, she feels like everything is right with the world. She feels loved.
So I spend time with her.
It’s pretty simple.
To a lesser degree, she also feels loved when I do things to help her. Fold clothes. Make the bed. Buy the groceries.
Her big thing is time together.
None of it is rocket surgery.
Simple. What does she want? Give it to her.
That’s the simplest recipe I know for success in marriage.
I don’t know what happens if both people don’t play along. It’s harder that way, I’d say.
But this works for me.
Today we’ve been married for 14 years. I want to be married for a lot more years.
Whatever she wants, I want to try to give it to her.
She’s worth the effort.