"Hon, I'm going to the store. Do you need anything?"
I jumped at the chance. "Yes! I'm out of Vitamin Water Zero. Can you pick me up a few bottles?"
My husband thought for a minute. "Which aisle is it on?"
I told him where and added, "Really, it can be any sports drink, as long as it is minimal calories."
"OK," he replied. "Be back in a little bit."
He called from the store. "I found it. What flavor do you want?"
I was glad it hadn't been a problem. "It doesn't matter what flavor, as long as it is minimal calories. Thanks!"
He got home and told me he'd already put them in the refrigerator. What a good man!
The next morning, on my way out the door, I grabbed one for my workout. My eyes swung back for a second look when I saw the label. There was no Zero in the title. It was just Vitamin Water.
My husband stood nearby fixing his juice. "Oh, you found them. I'm glad I was able to get them for you." He saw the look on my face. "What's wrong?"
"Oh, uh, nothing really," I fumbled out. "They didn't have Vitamin Water Zero?"
"Zero? I just remember you saying minimal calories. That's what this has," he explained.
I showed him the calorie count on the bottle. "Look, honey. It's 100 calories per serving, and it's two servings per bottle."
"Right," he said. "Minimal calories, just like you wanted."
"No, honey, by minimal calories, I meant like ten, or twenty at the most," I explained. "Two hundred calories is pretty substantial for what I've allotted myself for the morning."
He thought for a minute. "Well, to me, 100 calories per serving is pretty minimal. Substantial calories would be like a thousand."
I laughed. "Ah, no problem. I love you anyway." I kissed him on my way out as I mentally made plans to add in another mile to my run, which would take care of the extra 100 calories. He's still a good man, even though our differing opinions on minimal calories will probably never get resolved.
What about you- what differences in thoughts and communication styles have you noticed between men and women?