Have nose, will snore

Published 4:17 pm Monday, October 10, 2022

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By Dr. James L. Snyder

Having been married as long as The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and myself, there are very few things we disagree.

Our relationship has been very calm except for a few bumps.

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The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is what I call a Vegetable Freak, whereas, on the other side of the kitchen table, I’m just a Freak.

Probably, the biggest controversy we have, which has been with us ever since we were married, has to do with snoring. But, for some reason, I know not why, The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage assumes that I snore every night.

Often in the middle of the night, I will feel a sharp elbow in my Adam ribs and hear somebody say, “Stop your snoring.” For the life of me I have no idea what she’s talking about.

She will confront me in the morning over breakfast with the idea that I snore at night.

“You know how miserable it makes me to hear you snoring all night?”

For some reason, she has the idea that snoring is bad for your health.

“Don’t you know it’s not healthy to snore at night like you do?”

One night I got up and went to the kitchen to get a drink of water. Then, walking down the hallway to the bedroom, I heard this raspy noise. As I got to my bedroom, here it was, The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage snoring. I only regret that I did not tape that incident because it would have been worth a lot to me.

When we got up in the morning, I was chuckling, and looking at me, she said, “Why are you laughing?”

Do I tell her, or do I pass it off?

Being who I am, I actually did tell her.

She glared at me and said most vocally, “I do not snore, and I don’t want to hear you tell me that ever again.”

I chuckled inwardly and was waiting for some excuse to tell her again.

Then I saw it. A little Facebook report said that contrary to what people have believed, snoring is a very healthy thing for your body. According to this investigation, the bigger you are, the more you need to snore.

In sharing this new information with my wife, she was not very sympathetic. “That cannot be right,” she said most defiantly. “Snoring is not healthy.”

Then I showed her the story and even read it, and she did not want to believe it.

I looked at her and said, “It must be true because it’s on Facebook.”

Looking at me she said, “You believe everything you read on Facebook?”

“Well,” I said as soberly as possible, “I believe this one for sure.”

When we went to bed that night, I looked at her and said, “I’m going to have a very healthy night tonight.”

She didn’t smile, but I did.

As I drifted off to la-la-land, I thought of a scripture. Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
It is quite rare when two people agree on everything. It is important that we agree on the right things. We can have our difference but there are crucial issues where we must agree. Every relationship is based on discovering those issues and committing ourselves to them.

Dr. James L. Snyder lives in Ocala, FL with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. Telephone 1-352-216-3025, e-mail jamessnyder51@gmail.com, website www.jamessnyderministries.com.