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The importance of size

Men and size. I’ll never fully understand the fascination or seemingly endless conversations that surround the topic. Mine is bigger. Congratulations. Remind me again why this matters? That’s right – it doesn’t. And while the majority of women continue not to care, it remains a Holy Grail topic for men.

This very subject arose in my home over the weekend while I enjoyed some “me” time with a cup of hot cocoa on the couch. I flipped on the television, and there it was, a visual reminder of the male population’s obsession with size.

“This will work great for my big screen,” the excited husband said as he toured a potential home with his wife on the popular HGTV show “Property Virgins.” She smiled, as most wives do when they realize their partner is having a “little boy at Christmas time” moment, and moved on.

I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw the similarities between the on-screen couple and my own relationship. While I was perfectly happy with the 19-inch box TV I picked up in college, after a few patient years of marriage, my husband made it clear he wanted an upgrade. So we did.

A 40-something, LE-something TV now hangs in our family room. It’s all the same to me. Most importantly, Patrick is happy and I get to see far more detail than I would ever deem necessary. This rings truer than ever when I appease my adoring hubby by watching over-the-top action films like “Ninja Assassin.” I love you sweetie.

Would he have gone bigger? Of course. But he was also smart enough to realize that there is a middle ground when it comes to want and need. As for lessons learned – it’s now in my hands as I demonstrate that a woman’s passion can in fact be contained…when it comes to shoes.

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