The Gerry’s Mother In Law Rule

Day 25 of 31

My husband and I sometimes speak our own language that others don’t understand. At times we can look at each other and just know what the other is thinking. That’s what happens when a couple has been married for 28 years. We have references that only have meaning to us and we tend to perform well when engaged in word association games such as Catch Phrase. During our marriage we have developed phrases that if heard would require an explanation.

One of those phrases came up today. With the changes in our routines this month we have had more down time at home together. Along with our changes in routines, we have been staying up way too late at night so naturally, when the afternoon rolls around I feel like I could benefit from a nap. Today I walked into our bedroom and said, “I think I’ll take a nap.” My husband looked at me, pointed out the time, (3:00pm) and cautioned, “You can’t. Remember the Gerry’s Mother-in-Law Rule!”

Now obviously no one except me and my husband know what the “Gerry’s Mother-in-Law Rule” is so let me explain. Gerry was my husband’s coworker many years ago. They were talking one day about being tired over the weekend. My husband commented that he took a nap in the middle of the day. Gerry said, “Oh my wife won’t let me take naps because of her mother.” My husband was confused. Gerry continued sharing that he had a mother-in-law who would take naps every afternoon and then she would have trouble sleeping at night. The difficulty sleeping at night would cause her to take a nap the next day and this would be repeated day after day and night after night. She was in a loop of not being able to sleep at night because of the napping during the day that was going on for years. It was indeed a cautionary tale of daytime napping that led to nighttime insomnia.

So that’s why my husband cited this rule today. He is trying to save both of us from the fate of Gerry’s Mother-in-Law.

3 thoughts on “The Gerry’s Mother In Law Rule

  1. So true about the long marriage talk. Also, my time is definitely messed up plus this computer time is making me tired. I like to continuously move all day. This isn’t working for me right now. I’ve taken to walking the dog at lunch time to build up energy.


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