Tender Mender for a Fender Bender


Wifey ran into a light post and crunched the fender of her big ol’ sedan.
More than the ugly fender or cost and hassle of repair, she was worried about the reaction she might get 
from Hubby.
She started imagining what she wished he would say instead of what she feared he would say.
A brilliant idea struck when she backed into her garage (hiding the fender): “I’ll write down
the exact words I want to hear from Hubby, catch him before he sees the fender, and give him
my words as a “script” to read to me.” She did it.
Watching for Hubby’s arrival home, she went outside to meet him.
“Honey,” she said, “I have something to show you. But before I do, I want you to promise that
the first words out of your mouth will be the words I’ve written on this paper.”
Skeptically, Hubby agreed. Wifey made him hold the paper with both hands as she walked him
back to see the fender. He gulped. She said “You promised."
Dutifully, Hubby read the words aloud: “Sweetheart, I’m so glad you weren’t hurt. What can I do
to help you?”
Then, realizing what had just happened to him, he broke out laughing, so did she, and they
ended up with a hug instead of criticism, crying, and fighting.
Like Wifey, we can all take steps to avert expected negative situations . . .  and do it with humor.