My husband was quietly reading my blog at his desk this evening while I sat at mine with my back to him transcribing medical reports. I heard a slightly haughty snort of disgust coming from his direction. We turned to look at each other at this point, and he said, "Mary Lou Retton?"
As you probably know, I compared his church pew-hurdling style to that of Mary Lou Retton in my last post. He apparently took great offense to this. I attempted to explain that the only two gymnasts I really could think of at the time were Mary Lou Retton and Mitch Gaylord. Knowing many of my readers were born about the time Mitch Gaylord and Mary Lou Retton led the United States to victory during the 1984 Olympic Games, I chose to compare him to Ms. Retton, a generally more recognizable Olympic athlete whom I greatly admire. Besides, Brian might consider Mitch a bit of a pretty boy, so Mary Lou seemed like a good bet.
Apparently, this did not go over well.
I asked him then just whom he would like to be compared to, and he quickly stated he preferred Edwin Moses, an American track and field athlete who won gold medals in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. I have to admit that this seemed like a decent enough choice, although some might consider it more than slightly presumptuous to choose their own celebrity comparison for such purposes. I still love the guy anyway.
I'm sorry, honey. No, really.
So there you go. My first retraction.
P.S. If you start a blog, please compare me to Audrey Hepburn.