|Subject: Michael Charming in the throes of Werewolf Syndrome|
(and some really bad Photoshop)
Just because I call my husband Mr. Charming doesn’t mean we don’t experience our fair share of ups and downs. Like most couples, we engage in heated arguments from time to time. In fact, for the past several months I’ve realized that our most intense arguments seem to follow a cyclical pattern.
So, being the astute and somewhat analytic creature that I am (stop laughing!), I began to track our marital discord, only to discover that the majority of our confrontations take place roughly the same time every month. Strange, right?
I hate to air our dirty laundry like this, but I have to admit that for approximately two to three days every four weeks, Mr. Charming becomes somewhat insensitive and thoughtless. I won’t share any specifics. Instead, I’ll just offer the following example of something Mr. Charming might say after I attempt to articulate my most basic wants and needs:
MR. CHARMING: So, if I understand you correctly, sometimes living with me is like freefalling into an endless pit of razor blades while Fran Drescher recites long passages from Twilight?
First of all, it’s bad form to quote your spouse in a heated debate. Second of all, in this hypothetical situation, he’s deliberately ignoring the intended symbolism of my totally made up and not real statement, which is also bad form. Completely insensitive and thoughtless, right? Borderline animalistic, really.
So as I’ve continued to research the problem, I’ve decided that I’m on to something here. With the noted time lapse between episodes, which just happen to take place during each full moon, I believe that my husband may be experiencing what I’d like to call Werewolf Syndrome.
That’s right. Once a month, Mr. Charming falls victim to his baser instincts, making life pretty miserable for the rest of us, and by the ‘rest of us,’ I mean me.
As I’ve pondered potential solutions, I can’t help but reflect on a show I have never before watched in my entire life: Vampire Diaries. In Vampire Diaries (I’m told, because I’ve never before watched one full episode in my entire life), the lead werewolf protects himself and those around him by chaining himself to the walls of an underground dungeon each full moon.
I believe that Mr. Charming could save the rest of us a lot of heartache if he would metaphorically lock himself in the spare room each Werewolf Syndrome Cycle. I’d even be willing to push his food through a hatch in the dungeon door, if he wants.
When I mentioned this potential solution, Mr. Charming suggested that perhaps the episodes were more reasonably attributed to me and my anatomy. Seriously? He’s going to play the gender card?
It’s sad when you’re so far gone that your only means for coping is in projecting the problem onto someone else.
Because, reaaaalllly, it couldn’t possibly be me.