Musings: Unique Habit

Today’s topic is: “What unique or unusual habit does your spouse have?”

Many couples can experience stress over the hard-to-break habits of their spouses. Does your wife leave toothpaste in the bathroom sink? Does your husband leave his wet towel in a pile on the floor? Sometimes these annoying habits can lead to long-term frustration and resentment.

I know, everyone’s different. We all do things in our own way…unless we choose to do them the way our spouse (or parents or significant other or whatever) likes. I know that change can be hard, but I once dated a guy who completely changed the way I fold towels, so anything’s possible.

I love my husband. But we both lived alone for long periods of time before we met and we’ve only known each other for five years, so there are still things I find amusing about how he works. My husband’s most unique habit (which, thankfully, isn’t one of those annoying habits) involves his butter dish.

“Did she just say butter dish?!”

Yup. That’s right. A butter dish, but not just any butter dish.

Our blue Pyrex butter dish

This small, rectangular, light blue Pyrex container with a clear glass lid. That seems normal enough, right? Except it is only 2/3 the size of a stick of butter, so you have to squish and mangle a stick to make it fit in. But that’s not even the unique part.

My husband has, for more than ten years, used a teaspoon to spread his butter!

Our 'butter spoon'

I’ve tried to bring full-sized butter dishes into our lives. I’ve shown him how a ‘butter knife’ can also be used to cut and spread butter. He has tried to change, but all to no avail. Some habits are just too hard to break.

(In case you’re wondering, my unique habit that my husband has learned to accept is… I really don’t know. But it’s not because he doesn’t welcome change. In fact, he has accepted so much change already, I can’t really pinpoint a single example. Did I mention how much I love my husband?)

So the next time your spouse does something their way instead of your way, I recommend that you take a deep breath and remember that a happy relationship is more important than a clean sink or a properly folded towel.


If your spouse also has a unique habit, please share in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook


2 thoughts on “Musings: Unique Habit

  1. Marla says:

    I am pretty sure he got that blue dish from me BUT it is not square. Mom had one just like it growing up but hers was red as is mine. Just let the stick of butter get soft first and presto it will sqish right in. Now the teaspoon deal is not something he picked up while living with me😊😁😃👗👙👔👜👝👓👒. Just figured this icon stuff out! Fun


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