Friday Five #9

Posted by: Shel 16 Comments

Friday Five BalloonsFriday Five. It may be informational, entertaining, inspirational, or some combination. It may be five related thoughts, or five random topics. But it will be short. And it will leave you with a new thought, idea, or smile on your face.

1. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Matt Walsh takes issue with the stereotypes of husbands and waxes eloquent on why respect is important in marriage in his article Your Husband Doesn’t Have to Earn Your Respect. Here is an excerpt from his post:

“They both swirl in circles around the drain. He fails, so she gives him no respect, and then he continues to fail because he feels disrespected, and she continues to give him no respect because he continues to fail. And so on, and so on, and so on, all the way to the divorce attorney.”


2. A second quote from Walsh:

“Respect is our language. If it isn’t said with respect, we can’t hear it. This is why nagging is ineffective and self-defeating. This is why statements made in sarcastic tones, or with rolling eyes, will never be received well. We have a filter in our brains, and a statement made in disrespect will be filtered out like the poison it is.” [Click HERE for the article]


3. Why it is important to make eye contact when talking to your spouse.

Friday Five


4. Looking for an anniversary gift to make them say “Awwwwwww!”?

I love my awesome husband t-shirtI love my awesome wife T-shirt









5. Something to remember.

Don't laugh at your spouse's choices


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  • Seems like many of us are howling at #3, Shel. I have some stories I can’t even share that prove #3 in very funny, embarrassing ways. Just reading #3 to my husband made him start laughing about them stories, too. But we’re avid believers in the power of laughter–together, not AT each other–so we both thank you for this post!

    • Shel Harrington

      I am sooooo with you on the power of laughing together, Marylin! My husband and I crack each other up on a regular basis – probably in some of the same ways you allude to!

  • Still laughing at #3 and #5. Good ones, Shel!

    • Shel Harrington

      #3 cracks me up every time I see it (can’t you just see that exchange at A’s house???) Number 5 I made with clip art.

  • Laura Bentley

    #5 is my favorite! Thanks for making me smile Shel.

    • Shel Harrington

      My pleasure, Laura – hope you have a great weekend!

  • Kay

    Love all of these! Some made me chuckle! Thanks Shel for a good beginning to a great weekend!

  • Hahaha, so true. Love that last cartoon!

    • Shel Harrington

      Thanks, Luanne – put that together with some free clip art. Have a great weekend!

  • Gina Kishur

    Mutual respect was at the top of my list when I finally took the time and energy to make a list of what a spouse should be. I wanted a man who respected and admired me, and I wanted him to be someone I respected and admired. Then one day, in the beginning of our relationship, my dear husband looked at me, and said, “I can’t believe I’m with Gina Jordan.” I was hooked, and still am.

    • Shel Harrington

      He is a fortunate man, indeed, because you ARE special! I don’t know him as well, but seeing how happy you are I have to assume that he is, too!

  • Mutti

    Thanks! This is such an important topic. Respect is important in all situations. It can make or break people.

    • Shel Harrington

      I agree, Mutti – we could trade the word ‘husband’ for parent, child, friend, or just plain ‘other human being’ and the article would still make sense! I hope you have a great weekend!

  • These are great, Shel! Number 3 cracked me up! Happy Friday!

    • Shel Harrington

      Glad to know I’m not alone with my ‘special’ sense of humor! Enjoy your weekend, Jill (I insist!)

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