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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hot and Cold (04/09/09)

TITLE: Men-O-Pause
By Lisa Harris
04/14/09


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Men-o-pause

I threw the covers off that I had previously immersed myself in. This was the third time I came out from under the intense heat to find cooler air since going to bed. Lying on my damp pillow I turned to look at my husband, Tony. Totally clueless of my plight, he slept on…comfortable in his own skin. I, however, was uncomfortable as I made myself get up and change nightshirts once again. Stumbling over my shoes that I had left by my bed, I saw in the filtered moonlight, Tony rise up on his elbow and ask…
“Honey, are you flashing…AGAIN?”
I started to say something smart but thought better of it and replied, “Yes”, I groaned, “and it’s so aggravating!”
“I’m sorry, why don’t you come back to bed and let me hold you….” he said.
“I can’t, because you have way too much body heat!” I replied.
I finished putting on my dry nightshirt and scooted back into bed. At the same time, thanking the Good Lord for king-size beds.
“Honey,” I said, “would you move over just a little bit, I need a little more cool air around me.”
Tony obliged and rooted all the way over to his side of the bed.
I heard the grin in his voice as he said…”you used to say come closer now you say move over!”
I laughed and said, “You’re right and this could last for years!”
Lying back down, I was wide awake. I thought to myself, I wonder who came up with the word menopause. It must have been a woman trying to give men a clue as to what to do….
Men-O-Pause must stand for “Men Ought to Pause” before they speak to a woman who is sweating, looks irritable, can’t remember what she was doing, and looks at you like you have two heads…..She is most likely having a menopausal moment.
My husband has learned to “pause” quite well. He is quick to smile and say, “I love you” no matter what. He has decided that I am always right, and his best response to me is always “Yes, Dear”….
This has JUST come about since menopause….
I roll over in bed and just before I fall back asleep I thank God because….
Apparently, as I go through the change so does my husband!
“MENOPAUSE RULES!”
(Not really, but it helps to be positive!)


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Joanne Sher 04/18/09
Clever - and a great fit for the topic. Made me giggle.
Connie Dixon04/18/09
I could really relate to this entry. I too always wondered why it was called menopause. Thanks for the insight.
stephanie erickson04/20/09
Enjoyable article.
Deborah Porter 04/24/09
Hi Lisa. I just wanted to leave a quick note to let you know your entry, "Men-O-Pause," actually did very well in the Hot and Cold Challenge. Although you didn't receive an award, you made it into the Highest Rankings for Level 1, placing 13th in that Level. There were a lot of entries this week, and competition in Level 1 is always very intense, so well done.

If you'd like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=25299

The highest rankings are posted every Thursday evening on the Message Boards.

Again, well done. :-)

Hope to see you at the FaithWriters' Conference in August.

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Patricia Herchenroether04/25/09
I'm sweating..freezing...
and I remember too well.
Fun read.