After 15 years of our kids begging for a dog we finally broke down and got one. We’ve already fallen in love with our little “Roo,” but we’ve discovered quickly that unexpected expenses and trips to the doggy doctor are now the new norm.
Yesterday Tori brought her to the vet to get a shot. When she got back I asked her how well little Roo handled the needle.
“She didn’t make a peep,” Tori said. “She didn’t bark one time. The doctor put Cheez Whiz on a little plate and Roo licked away with no clue there was a needle stuck in her leg.”
Our puppy was so caught up in the pleasure of her little treat that it masked the pain of the needle. She may have felt the prick but it had no effect on her.
The same is true in our marriage. If we have enough pleasure built into our relationship it will mask the little pricks we may feel along the way.
Just the other day I said something stupid that Tori just shrugged off as no big deal. Early on in our marriage, however, an off-the-cuff remark like that would have sparked a two-hour conversation.
One of the best ways to build in pleasure to your relationship is to do lots of things that make you laugh together. When you consistently have fun together as a couple the little things that could be painful are blunted by the pleasure of your relationship.
Time to get some Cheez Whiz.