Sure, you should never lie to your spouse, but a fib now and then may be good for your marriage.
Years ago we lived in Germany and bought all of our groceries at the military commissary, which was always running out of something.
One day, my friend decided to bake a walnut pie and sent her husband to the commissary for the nuts. He brought home a bag of walnuts in the shell.
“Didn’t they have shelled walnuts?” she asked.
“No,” he said. Still, she was skeptical and got crabbier with each walnut she shelled.
The next time they were in the commissary, she took him to a different aisle and pointed to the bags of shelled walnuts.
“Did you look here?” she asked.
“No,” he admitted. That was his mistake right there. He should have looked her in the eye and said, “Of course, I looked here. They were out.”
After all, she had already been mad once and now she was mad all over again. What’s the point? Why not fib and lower everyone’s blood pressure?
Sometimes, you need to tell your wife a fib. Either that, or be smart enough to ask where the shelled walnuts are.