Much as Pavlov discovered with his dogs, She who must be obeyed has found the key to getting me to do household projects. If a simple request does not spark me into action, she does not resort to nagging. She simply gathers the tools she deems necessary and starts about doing the task. I have been conditioned to respond to certain magic words such as “Oops!” “Man!” (said as two syllables) and “Awww!” At that point I have confirmed that my assistance is needed immediately, lest I procrastinate and allow the damage to accumulate.

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