While in a committed relationship, decisions must be made, compromises reached, peace kept, etc. Standard methods of give and take don’t always work, especially when both parties feel particularly strong about something…permanent birth control, for example.
I’d given birth twice, didn’t want to be on the pill and wasn’t in to the idea of having some sort of surgery to prevent another pregnancy. He didn’t want his junk messed with.
We had several civilized discussions, including with friends and neighbors, about the topic… one of them went like this: A girlfriend stood in our front yard and gestured with her hands while saying, “Oh, come on! She’s pushed a head the size of a cantaloupe out a hole this big — twice! — and you can’t even have a minor outpatient procedure?!”
I thought we had reached agreement…yet the appointment was never scheduled. So I resorted to Mack Truck logic, which goes something like this: “Look, you have older children and ours. If I get hit by a Mack Truck tomorrow, regardless of whether you re-marry, you’re done having children. If you get hit by a Mack Truck tomorrow, I might meet someone and want to have more children.”
Fast forward to dinner at another couple’s home weeks later. The other gentleman is talking about his vasectomy:
My husband: “So did you have to shave yourself?”
Me: “Oh my god, is that what this is about?! You’re afraid of shaving?!”
The next day I scheduled an appointment for him with a urologist by the name of Dr. Hackett. Poetic, no?
I’m not sure Mack Truck logic will work with every man or in every situation. But it made sense to me!
Try it. Let me know how it goes.