On 5/26/05, Sean German wrote: > As opposed to, I'm at home eating dinner. My wife compliments my cooking, I > in turn thank her, and she responds, "No, thank you for cooking." This > simple exchange occurs often and without further comment. But I could > easily read more into such an exchange. > > Cooking is just one of those things that must be done. I cook because I > like to eat. No thanks necessary. So I might respond in that instance with > a "not at all." But the compliment is above a routine recognition that the > chore of cooking dinner has been done. That compliment should be > acknowledged with a "thank you." > > However she has not done me the courtesy of acknowledging my thanks. She > has denied it, refused me the pleasure of returning her courtesy. Oh dear. Heh. I sometimes thank my girl for just being here. She looks at me and finds me a bit weird, I'm sure.