Although I am social, my husband is more so. He loves to entertain. Not unusual for us to have a dinner party or cookout for 20 to 30 people, but as years accumulate, the bigger soirees are too taxing for both of us. For me because I work 50 or more hours a week, leaving little energy for cleaning and preparing for large parties. For him, because he is 15 years older than me but thinks he is 40! I believe I have convinced him to limit our guest list to ten or fewer.

Jack, you and your wife seem ideal for one another, a good balance. Your stories remind us that everyday life is just as interesting and amusing as special occasions. Your wit and eye for the extraordinary in the ordinary is, well, extraordinary!

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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