Marital Advice

Shopping: Man vs. Woman

In case you haven't noticed, men and women view shopping differently.

How A Man Shops

When a man goes shopping for a new pair of shoes, he walks into a shoe store where he has previously purchased shoes or he goes to a store that is easy to get in and out of.  He looks over the shoes on display, selects a pair that he likes and checks to see if the store has a pair in his size.  He may or may not try on the shoes.  He takes the shoes to the counter, pays for them, and heads for home where he has important things to do like watch a game on TV or do a little woodworking.  Approximately seven minutes will have lapsed from the time he entered the store until he exited it.

He will wear that pair of shoes for at least ten years and the older they get the better he will like them.

How A Woman Shops

A woman will enter a shoe store and look at every pair in the store, including styles that she would never consider wearing.  She will find several pair that are "perfect" and will try them on in her size and in the sizes larger and smaller than her size, just to be sure.  Then, she will leave the store empty handed and will repeat the same routine in every shoe store in the mall and in a couple of stores across the street.

Four hours later, she will return to the first store and buy the first pair of shoes that she tried on.  There is a strong possibility, after expending this amount of time and effort into finding just the right pair of shoes, she might never wear them even once.  Why?  It is one of life's great unsolved mysteries. 

A second possibility is that, after shopping for four hours, hitting fifteen shoe stores, and trying on three dozen pairs of shoes, she goes home with nothing because she "couldn't find a thing."

Shopping Together

It will not take long before you and your wife figure this out: trying to go shopping with each other will drive both of you stark raving mad.  So, here's the deal.  When you go to the mall together, you shop your way and let your wife shop her way.  Take a newspaper or book along to fill the three hours and fifty-three minutes of waiting time.

You might set a place and time to meet your wife to go home from the mall, but this is a foolish and futile thing to do since her shopping is not governed by a time clock.  You may have noticed that most women's clothing and shoe stores are like casinos - there's not a clock in sight.  They don't even want to give a hint that time matters or that it may be time to go home.

Simply put, your wife will not be ready to go home until she is "done shopping."  So, just let her shop 'til she drops and then help her carry the packages.  Be happy!  Finally, you are on your way home.

Speaking of Shopping . . . .

The holiday shopping season has begun.  If someone on your shopping list enjoys reading books, may I suggest the following.  It was published in May, 2017 and is my twenty-eighth published book.  It is available on and other places.  Check it out, read the reviews, and see what you think.  If you like the Marital Advice To My Grandson, Joel blog posts, you'll probably also like this book.  It is fast-moving and humorous.

Have you ever looked at a coin in the palm of your hand and wondered where it has been, what it has seen and heard, and what stories it could tell?

Well, in a nutshell, that is what PENNY is about as this very special one-cent piece passes through the hands of ordinary people, the famous, the infamous, the saints, and the sinners and hangs out in churches, honkytonks, and everywhere in between.  This book tells the stories of the people whose hands PENNY passes through.  

Why is this particular penny so special?  Well, because it was the final United States penny ever minted of 95% copper, on October 22, 1982.  After that, all U.S. one-cent pieces are pathetic and puny, consisting of 97.5% zinc with just a touch of copper thrown in.  That's why.

Go to and enter Penny by Peter Davidson to check out some sample pages of the book and to read the book reviews.  I hope you enjoy the book. 
Copyright  ©  2017  By Peter Davidson