From Love and Respect for a Lifetime by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
Men grow close by doing activities together, shoulder to shoulder. Over time, these common experiences and mutual interests result in a sense of bonding. Many men can recall being a “blood brother” with his boyhood friend. Two drops of blood blended together symbolized the “forever” bond. The commitment was to be shoulder to shoulder, fighting to the death, if need be.
One day, the little boy grows up, becomes a man, and meets a special young woman. He proposes, and they marry. In his maleness, he assumes the two of them will be together, shoulder to shoulder, just as he has been with his male friends throughout his life. His request is simple: “Hey, let’s go do something together.”
The wife who wants to show her husband that she likes him—that she is his friend—will be patient with his strange request to “just come out here and be with me. Watch what I am doing, or just watch TV with me, but let’s not talk.” When the husband calls the wife in to “just sit by him,” he is working on their relationship in a significant way—not significant to her, perhaps, but extremely significant, nonetheless. This is the way a husband communicates.
From a man’s perspective . . .enjoying time together doesn’t always include deep, meaningful conversation.
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