Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel
written by Peter DavidsonSweet Memories Publishing
When my grandson, Joel, got engaged, I decided to jot down a few words of marital wisdom for him, based on my vast experience as a husband. Then I thought, why share this wisdom with only one person when I can share it with the whole world. So, I started a blog, listing new marital advice every week. As the popularity of the blog grew, people suggested that the material should be turned into a book and, well, here it is!
Sure, much of the advice is off-the-wall and wacky, but it’s also an upbeat, humorous look at married life that any engaged or married person can relate to and will find insightful and fun to read. Even unmarried people can enjoy the book and, who knows, it might convince some of you to take the plunge, or perhaps confirm your belief that being single is a blessing.
Advice to Joel, and to any man, includes: make sure that you buy a roll of electrical tape before you volunteer to do the vacuuming–and why, how to deal with your wife’s steely-eyed, clinched-jaw scowl, known as “The Look,” how to answer your wife’s questions such as, “Does this dress make my ass look big?,” the warning that your mouth will get you into a whole lot more trouble than your Willy ever will, and how to create the world’s most powerful anniversary card for your wife.
Virtually all of the material in the book is presented in the form of upbeat stories, scenarios, and examples. This is not the type of advice that you’ll find in a textbook on marriage or in a book on marital relations written by some psychiatrist. This is the real stuff for real people.
A loving Grandfather gives his grandson a peek down the rabbit hole of marriage.It began as a Grandpa's sweet notion to jot down a few "words of wisdom" about marriage for his grandson. That list grew into a blog. Davidson's whimsical, conversational style quickly attracted a following. Fans from everywhere urged Davidson to put it all together in a book. And here it is - Marital Advice to my grandson, Joel.
"How to be a husband your wife won't throw out the window in the middle of the night." Written with that same tongue-in-cheek prose throughout, Martial Advice is first and foremost fun to read. Grandpa tells his grandson the "secrets" to staying married, the best way to answer dreaded questions, and to always "listen twice as much as you speak." (The reason we have two ears and only one mouth has finally been explained. Who knew, right?)
Marital Advice is a fast read - at only 152 it's a great way to fill the time waiting for a plane, a doctor's appointment, or your shopping wife. (ha-ha) Personally, I am not a big shopper. But, I still get it! I have been married 26 years and must admit, everything in the book is spot on. Davidson tells it like it is and does so in such a way that even when he is telling his grandson (men in general), to keep his mouth shut - it is humorous.
This book is just down-right-fun! A copy of this book should be given out by the clerk when couple's purchase their marriage license. Davidson's heart-felt, often 'you don't have to get it to get it' advice is hilarious. What makes it so funny is that it is true. Marital Advice is one of those little books that will be passed around and re-read many times. Yeah, some of the ideas and language may be a tad 'old school,' but that's Grandparents for ya... right? So just chalk those up to a generational gap and apply the advice. Believe it or not, Grandparents have a wisdom that comes only with time and experience.
If you enjoy a fun, fast read you will love Marital Advice. It's an adventure down the rabbit hole of marriage that will have you nodding your head and laughing out loud. I highly recommend!
About the Author:
Peter Davidson is no stranger to publishing. He has authored and/or co-authored some twenty-nine books including college textbooks, children's books, fiction and non-fiction.
He and his wife spend summers in the resort area of Lake Okoboji, Iowa and winter in Arizona.