Mom’s wise counsel

In his book Love and Respect, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs tells about one young wife who called her mom to tell her that she and her husband would not be coming over that day. It was their usual practice to visit her parents every Sunday. 

“Why not?” her mom asked.

“Well,” she said, “because my honey is in a twit.” 

“Why?” her mom enquired.

“I suppose because we have not been sexually intimate for seven days.”

This daughter may have expected some sympathy from her mom, but she was in for a surprise.

Her mom said, “You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Why would you deprive him of something that takes such a short amount of time and makes him soooooo happy!?” 

“Mother!” the embarrassed daughter said into the phone. “I can’t believe you said that.”  

Later, however, the young woman saw the wisdom in her mom’s advice, commenting, “My mom has been married for forty-seven years, and I don’t know of anyone who has a happier marriage.” 

Reference: Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, Love and Respect (Thomas Nelson, 2004), p. 252

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