Some men absolutely hate the "Dr. Oz" TV show. Their wives watch the show religiously and continually "suggest" new ways for the family to stay healthy. These "suggestions" can seem as if shot out of a Gatling gun, coming at the man three ways to Sunday. Flush the toilet with the lid down. Eat this. Don't eat that. Take enough supplements to choke a horse.
Well, to make up for all this aggravation, Dr. Oz suggested a new way for couples to make the peace -- the five-minute hand massage. I figured this might be a good, doable item to add to Groundhog Day. I tried it for the first time last night, but maybe went overboard with the massage oil. Our hands were a drippy, gooey mess. Of course, like everything else, the five-minute hand massage is a work in progress. We don't expect instant perfection, or perfection any time. What we do expect is mindfulness and finding new ways to keep the relationship fresh-squeezed and growing like a garden under the influence of Miracle-Gro.
It takes a month to build a habit. We'll see a month from now if the five-minute hand massage is part of our daily repertoire, part of a terrific and dynamic Groundhog Day.