Living with the nagging wife and the dripping tap

Sarah-Joy Pierce
Sarah-Joy Pierce Contributed

A nagging wife is worse than a dripping tap. That's according to the Bible, at least. And here's the story of how my husband had to live with both...

I'll give a bit of background. We rent our house from the in-laws (they do make for wonderful landlords!). Our bathroom is located right next to the master bedroom...and we've had issues with dripping taps for a while now. I'm a terribly light sleeper - so you can imagine how easily this makes for a nagging wife!

I had mentioned how nice it would be if the tap didn't leak quite a few times - trying not to nag because I know that's awful. It just came up in conversation from time to time...

"Honey, do you hear that? Yes, silence...wouldn't it be nice if that's what our bathroom tap sounded like?"

"Wow, this defrosted chicken is dripping...just like our bathroom tap!"

I really tried not to nag, I promise.

Has anyone ever noticed how funny the word nag is if you look at it for too long?


A few weeks ago we were peacefully brushing our teeth just before bedtime, and I had just turned on the tap to rinse my toothbrush. When I tried to turn it off, it just kept on turning, and the water didn't turn off.

Houston, we have a problem.

Instead of slightly annoying dripping water, we now had full-on gushing water that wouldn't shut off! And did I mention that it was time for bed, and not really time to call a plumber?

A nagging wife and now a gushing tap. My poor husband!

We eventually managed to turn the water off (to the whole house!) and went to bed, and this is the part of the story when I'm rather glad that my husband is a tradie and knows other tradies that can fix these things. No offence to those with non-tradie husbands, I'm sure they come in handy in other ways!

The end result? I received a shiny new tap the next afternoon, for no more than the cost of a few cold drinks.

But then, last night, as I was heading to bed, what did I hear?  I hope it was just my overactive imagination, but I swear I could hear a dripping tap in the kitchen!


Sarah-Joy Pierce is a twentysomething newlywed. She loves: her new husband, her puppy Lila, sunny days, a good hot cup of tea, and secretly pretending she's the next Carrie Bradshaw. She blogs about married life, recipes that get the husband's tick of approval, and so much more at www.thelovebites.com.

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