The Rosie EffectLarge Print - 2015
The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York and-- surprise-- Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he's left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie. As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, and helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most.
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"After the pregnancy was over, Rosie could begin sleeping normally again." p 199.
It is generally accepted that people enjoy surprises: hence the traditions associated with Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries. In my experience, most of the pleasure accrues to the giver. The victim is frequently under pressure to feign, at short notice, a positive response to an unwanted object or unscheduled event.
‘To the world’s most perfect woman.’ It was lucky my father was not present. _Perfect_ is an absolute that cannot be modified, like _unique_ or _pregnant_. My love for Rosie was so powerful that it had caused my brain to make a grammatical error.
It was odd, paradoxical - _crazy_ - that what Rosie seemed to value most about me, a highly organized person who avoided uncertainty and liked to plan in detail, was that my behaviour generated unpredictable consequences. But if that was what she loved, I was not going to argue.
...the answer came to me. The fridge! We would get a bigger fridge, and all the other problems would be solved.
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