The Force Is Strong With This One

My wife is a Jedi Master. Her ability to manipulate me with her Jedi mind tricks is notorious and frankly, a little annoying. While I have no actual memory of her forced persuasion, I’m told it goes something like this.

Me:  “I’m going to buy a couple of these cool shirts with the airbrushed wolves howling at the moon okay Sweetie?”
Wife: “These aren’t the shirts you’re looking for.” [Waves hand mysteriously in front of me]
Me: “These aren’t the shirts I’m looking for.”
Wife: “Move along.”

Shameful right? Well if you think that’s bad you should see how arguments with her go. No, really, you should see how  arguments with her go and when you do please tell me about them; they’re all a blur for me except for the part at the end where I wind up taking her position.

As if all that isn’t bad enough, she’s taken on an apprentice. My daughter is now her official padawan and she’s already causing a great disturbance in the force. If her current ability to befuddle me grows any more, she may wind up being stronger than her Jedi mother. What will I do then? I’m tempted to take it up what I consider to be unethical behavior with the Jedi High Council but I’m a little embarrassed by the argument I’d be forced to make:

“Um, Your Jedinesses, I’d like to file a complaint about my wife and daughter using their Jedi powers on me; it’s not fair because I’m a creature of disorganized mental faculties.”

No, I think I just have to grin stupidly and bear it. Maybe it’s not all bad; we do get a magical number of free appetizers everywhere we go.




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  1. Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:13 am by fabrizio | Permalink

    You made me smile, Chris, but I would not worry, we are only “men”… :)

  2. Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:09 am by joshi daniel | Permalink

    very strong image with great emphasis on shape :)

  3. Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:58 am by Francis | Permalink

    Nice Chris. Beautiful picture. I know how you feel about Jedi Masters in the house…

  4. Posted April 26, 2012 at 8:17 am by Corinna | Permalink

    I just love this image, so beautiful. Plus, I laughed out loud. There’s no hope for you. But free jalapeno poppers for the whole family!

  5. Posted April 26, 2012 at 8:38 am by Michael | Permalink

    You’ve been playing around with studio lighting a bit lately and i really like it! Great image. If i had a dollar for everytime my kids skate away from a tense moment because of a smile or flattery…

  6. Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm by CrashRyan | Permalink

    strong indeed young padawon !

  7. Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm by rian | Permalink

    nice shot! that’s just the power they have over us.. 😀

  8. Posted April 27, 2012 at 12:54 am by yz | Permalink

    fantastic portrait
    (now i realized that my wife is a jedi master, too, she normally says: you don’t need that new photo equipment at all)

  9. Posted April 27, 2012 at 7:58 am by sherri | Permalink

    first of all i love this portrait. just beautiful. then, lol at your conversation. ours goes like this. hubby puts on a shirt. i say, “are you going to wear that?”, he says, “no, i was just trying it on.” you guys need to trust us.

  10. Posted April 29, 2012 at 5:09 am by Marcie | Permalink

    What a fantastic image. So much strength in the perfect symmetry. And your husband/wife dialogue made me laugh. So typical…

  11. Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:49 am by k@ | Permalink

    A masterpiece, Christopher – i love this utterly, sensuous & wet & graphic & painterly. Artsy for sure, a beauty.

  12. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:23 am by Rob | Permalink

    LOL – just to add, the look. You know it I am sure. Anytime we are about to do anything that may seem questionable to our wives, they glare at us with a look that stops us in our tracks. Terrifying, really.

    Perfection this image, of form and portraiture.

  13. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm by george | Permalink

    You could of course become a Sith and utilise the dark side of “the force”, but I’m not sure it’s worth entering a state of war over a shirt!

    You could very subtly try to establish which shirts pass the Jediness test and amaze them with your wonderfully perceptive taste…something very evident in your superb image.

    Good luck!

  14. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm by Doug Hickok | Permalink

    Regrettably, the scenario you outline is all too familiar. But I must say you are the Jedi Master of cool monochromes and blog stories!!!

  15. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:38 pm by Kala | Permalink

    Very strong portrait. Fantastic light.

  16. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:41 pm by Frank | Permalink

    Chris, you better hope the Jedi master doesn’t see the write up of the image 😉

  17. Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:26 am by Krunal | Permalink

    I quite like the geometry of this shot

  18. Posted May 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm by Brenda | Permalink

    Does you wife give Jedi lessons? Would love to learn that trick

  19. Posted May 3, 2012 at 7:33 am by Klaus | Permalink

    Christopher, two women, you must loose. 😉 Excellent contrasts, and the shape of the hairs works perfect.

  20. Posted May 5, 2012 at 11:59 pm by Roland Theys | Permalink

    A very good BW shot! Good Christopher!
    Nice day to you!

  21. Posted May 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm by John Maslowski | Permalink

    Lovely and sensuous along with beautiful softness. Excellent portrait!

  22. Posted May 10, 2012 at 12:41 am by shooter | Permalink

    A great image and accompanying words.

  23. Posted May 12, 2012 at 11:10 am by Phil Vaughn | Permalink

    Ah, you say “Her ability to manipulate me with her Jedi mind tricks is notorious and frankly, a little annoying,” but you know you really love it, Chris. 😉

  24. Posted May 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm by Céline | Permalink

    Very beautiful photo!

  25. Posted May 17, 2012 at 11:52 am by Frida | Permalink

    Well that’s a man AND woman…. Beautiful image.

  26. Posted June 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm by Rue Du Lavoir | Permalink

    Absolument magnifique… Du grand art.
    Photo. Texte*. Grandiose.

    (*Attention quand même Christopher, le Jedi a plus d’un tour dans son sac…) 😉

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