A few months ago, the Big Man and I bought some new lamps to replace lamps that had been broken. We were very happy with these new lamps and thought they added some warmth to our living room. We really liked these lamps.
One of the lamps broke.
It turns out that the part that held the shade was just soldered, even though it bore weight, and it snapped off.
So the Big Man complained about it.
Every time he walked by it, he complained about it.
Every time he thought about it, he complained.
This went on for a while.
Today he complained again...with vigor.
So I did not complain about it, but went to Lowe's, bought two pieces for it, and fixed it. Hooray for me. It is actually better than it was before because the replacement piece is a solid piece of metal, not just two pieces shoddily soldered together.
Is this a chance to bash the Big Man? No...it is a commentary on balance and how we complement each other. Because even though the Big Man complained and did not take action, I took action only because he complained. I was apathetic, er, content, to just adjust it every time the shade fell. You will note that I did not suggest that the lamp just broke today. It was probably 1 1/2 to 2 weeks ago.
So thanks to the Big Man...for the lamps and the balance!