Don't Touch That Thermostat!

Our temperature differences were amusing … at first.

It was right after our honeymoon, when we set up house, that we revealed our true colors. Denny is red—not just the color of his beloved Nebraska Huskers football team, but also of molten lava, stove burners, and cinnamon candy. His body temperature runs hot at all times.

Like the Lions of my Detroit hometown, my color is blue, reminiscent of icicles, cold water, and peppermint gum. Although red and blue aren't precisely opposite each other on the color wheel, they're far enough apart to make problematic decisions regarding the perfect indoor temperature.

I hadn't seen this coming. We were married in Las Vegas. Outdoors. In July. No one, least of all Denny and me in our fancy duds, could claim it was anything but hot. Everyone agreed, from the pianist who flipped his music pages more than was necessary, to the guests fanning themselves ineffectually with their hands.

After the ceremony, Denny took me aside, held my hands, and solemnly declared, "You are my life, Mrs. Draper." Then, eyes wide with desire, he asked, "Wanna go for a swim?"

"I adore you, my beautiful husband," I breathed. "Where's my suit?"

The battle begins

Unlike the desert, where the temperature varies between mildly hot and volcanic, Colorado offers a wider range of degrees. It was only when we returned home that we realized this climatic difference had huge implications—not just to our household, but to our relationship.

While I was content to leave windows open to catch the summer breeze, maybe turning on the air conditioner when it hit 80 degrees, Denny wanted the maximum to be 70. Around the house we went, opening and closing windows and punching the up and down arrows on the thermostat until it smoked. A referee would have penalized us both for "illegal use of hands."

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Compromise; Conflict; Marriage
Today's Christian Woman, Summer, 2007
Posted September 12, 2008

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