I love my wife. Seriously. She’s awesome.
But I like making her mad.
Not raging, out-of-control, throwing-cell-phones mad. Just irritated, my-arm-slapping mad.
I blame it on the fact that I am an only child and never had the opportunity to mess with any siblings. But who knows why I take such enjoyment from seeing Hayley’s face scrunch up in annoyance.
Fortunately for me (not for Hayley), I’m fairly adept at triggering a response. After only eight years together (counting our courtship), I’ve figured out what to say and how to say it to get the reaction I’m looking for. It’s frightening to think what emotional terror I’ll be able to cause after 20.
Is this normal? Do other people out there take pleasure in frustrating their spouse?