German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Hegel once said: “Contradiction in nature is the root of all motion and of all life.“
The world has countless examples of opposites where one could not exist without the other. Light could not exist without darkness; north-south; east-west; ying-yang; male-female; even our wedding vows are usually riddled with opposites; Better-worse, sickness-health, richer-poorer, joy-sorrow…..even the famous words representing life and death – until death do we part!
But Nobody! Not one person ever included anything about internal temperatures differences. You know what I’m talking about – the differences in you and your loving partner’s core internal heater or air conditioner.
Being a man of slightly larger girth, I am sporting a built-in sweater you might say – my heater runs hot 24/7. I don’t even own a sweater. I could sport shorts and no shirt 3 seasons of the year and a shirt and jeans for the 4th season. Rarely do I wear gloves in the winter. Basically it’s all hotness all the time over here in Hubbyville! (Calm your c-strings ladies – I don’t foresee myself being featured on Jillian’s MANDAY MONDAY quite yet!)
Now this is what I need:
Over in Natalieville – her internal air conditioner is pumping out the BTU’s like no women’s business. Hot baths to get her core temp up are a daily occurrence. Blankets are her best friend – they are littered throughout our house on couches and chairs for their frequent usage. She could wear this robe 24/7 and be quite happy as long as it came in pink and she could get matching heels:
Here is a great example of our internal heating differences documented. It’s a canoe trip we took last year around late-May/early-June. You’ll notice the extreme differences in our apparel:
*** You can bet there are thermal underwear under there!***
Hence the marital battle of thermal opposites commences:
- In the vehicle the temp controls get more usage than the steering wheel – hot-cold-hot-cold.
- The bedroom blankets become a human cocoon.
- Windows are constantly opened and closed.
- One of us is always sweating or covered in goose bumps.
- Debates on the weather are a common occurrence – is it too hot to do this? Is it too cold to do that?
- Come on in the pool is great – Brrr! That’s freezing!
- Come on get in the tub it’s just right – Holy F! that’s boiling!
- Around camp fires Natalie sits really close and I sit several feet back.
- Natalie snuggles into to me to get warm – the extra body heat has me boiling.
- And the saga continues…
So when Georg Wilhelm Hegel said: “Contradiction in nature is the root of all motion and of all life“…
Hot Hubby says “it’s our opposite traits keeping our marriage exciting as we find ways to compromise to keep things in motion in our relationship – for the rest our life – until death do we part!”
Long live the Law of Opposites – they do attract!!
What are some of the opposites with you and your spouse that keep things spicy? What’s your secret to marital/relationship bliss? Come on…share the wealth…
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