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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

How We're Making It Through . . .

I'm not going to lie. I'm still a little bit disturbed by the fact that Rhett and I have been happily married for almost ten years and I just barely found out about our divergent evolution opinions. Obviously, we're talking about the wrong things over the dinner table.

So lately we've had a lot of conversations like this one:

Me: So when you see representations of early hominids in the museum, what do you think they are? Like some giant hoax against humanity perpetrated by evil scientists?

Rhett: (pursed lips, vague air of disapproval) You are going to hell.

But I've finally figured out how to keep this difference of opinion (or total disregard of scientific evidence, depending on how you look at it) from ruining our marriage.

Every so often, Rhett will try to explain to me about how the streaks of white cloud-looking material trailing behind jet planes is not, in actuality, a jet's exhaust, which is what I always claim that it is.

"Heids, it's actually . . . blah, blah blah." I wish I could tell you what it actually is, but I always tune out at this point, because hey, look at that plane's EXHAUST! We've had this conversation several times and I always tune Rhett out. Not because I don't believe him (I sort of don't) but mostly because I don't want to be bothered to learn something new about something that interests me so not at all.

For Rhett, this fascination with airplane exhaust systems (please, please imagine the eye rolling that he's going to do when he reads that phrase) is in his blood. He and his dad (and now my kids, too) are jet fanatics. His dad has been known to sit on the porch with a pair of binoculars to better identify the military aircraft flying overhead (how fortuitous that he lives so close to an air base!). Rhett takes our kids every year to the local airshow, and has embarrassingly been known to tell me the manufacturer and make of anything that moves in the sky. I went with Rhett one year to the air show and discovered hey! Rhett actually wanted to look at planes. And hey! he also wanted to stay for longer than an hour, so ever since then it's been one of those things that I let him enjoy in peace. I think it's good for him to have his own interests.

So, my point here, and I do have one surprisingly, is that if evolution is Rhett's equivalent of my airplane exhaust, more power to him. I won't even bother talking about it any more, because I know he'll just tune me out.

But just for the record--I still don't think I'm going to hell.

9 comments:

Dave said...

lol. maybe that will be the next question in the temple recommend interview...

"do you refute the blasphemous teachings of macro-evolution and 'On the Origin of Species'"?

The Rookie said...

There's a great quote somewhere (and I'm too lazy to look it up) about how Scientists and Religionists have it all wrong by standing in their camps of disagreement. Imagine the possibilities if they worked together.

That's a very liberal summation of what it says. But like I said, I'm too lazy (or evolved) to really care.

Heather of the EO said...

Yes, it's EXHAUST.

Wait...does this means I have to wonder if I'm going to hell?

Uh oh....

Nicole said...

I hate to have to agree with your husband on this, but it's NOT exhaust. I'm an avionics major, trust me :D

Claire said...

I love Rhett. And he's right about the plane 'exhaust'.

But you're right too. I also tune out if Robbie tries to teach me something new. It takes too much effort to try and concentrate on something I couldn't care less about.

Josh said...

...due benevolence sweetheart. You are not the head of your household. What Rhett says is right.

JustRandi said...

Hey! Maybe the exhaust has EVOLVED into the whateverwhatever he says it is.
Now we're finding common ground, right?

Carol said...

At least you don't argue about which is the dark side of the moon that'd just be weird.

Sibri said...

okay so if its not exhaust, can someone please post on here what it is???