7 (nasty) things we do for love

by Sasha Brown



We love them and if they have some strange lesion on their back, we need to be helping them figure out what to do. True love, man.


According to the 1970’s flick Love Story, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Well, it also means doing some gross things for one another and not feeling (too) bad about it. Have you ever picked a boyfriend’s zit? Watched him go to the bathroom? Well, I haven’t (I have a weak stomach for that kind of thing), but I would venture to say that the grand majority of couples have and are fine with it.

The reality is, after you have been together a while, you just kind of deal with the everyday nastiness that comes with being human. You love each other and you see beyond it. Period. The end.

So what are some gross things we do for love? After asking around and giving the matter much thought, here are 7 of the nastiest things my fellow marrieds said they have done for love (and would be willing to do again). See below:

1.) Scoop the cat box:

My friend says: “I hate my wife’s cat, but she is pregnant, so it’s the least I can do. There I am scooping his nasty poop every day and tying it off in a baggy. I am such a good husband.” Ha. I hear him. My husband scoops the cat box even though it’s my cat because I am pregnant. HE HATES IT. But he does it. Sure, he grumbles and he washes his hands like a maniac after, but I know he will do it every time I’ve got a bun in the oven because, hey, he loves me.

2.) Look at “bumps”:

“My husband is ALWAYS asking me to look at something he can’t see that is itching or hurting,” my friend said. Yup. Sounds like a man, no? Often it isn’t something we want to see, either. In fact, I would say 99 percent of the time, it’s not. Still, we do it. We love them and if they have some strange lesion on their back, we need to be helping them figure out what to do. True love, man.

3.) Rub feet:

This one goes both ways, but yeah. Feet are gross. And still we rub them. I have been known to put my just-out-of-sneakers-after-a-20-mile-run feet in his face and demand only: “rub.” And sometimes he has even done it.

4.) Clean up vomit:

If your spouse is sick, who is gonna do it? You, obvi. Kid vomit is one thing. Adult vomit is a WHOLE other ballgame. Still, I would never make my poor sick husband scrub up the remnants of his puke-fest from the toilet rim. That’s my job. Even as I gag.

5.) Pick his teeth:

Ever had your husband look at you and ask if something is stuck in his teeth? Ever had him ask you to dig it out? No? Then you are in the minority. Dozens of women and men I asked have done this nasty task and they have done so happily. If it helps him not look like a freak (which reflects badly back on you), then it’s worth it.

6.) Let him pee (or worse) while you shower:

In our newlywed days, when we lived in a one-bathroom apartment, this happened all the time. We learned to live with it. Now, I didn’t do the same. But that is only because I would rather hold it for hours than do most of those things in the same room as him. But I am the minority there, it seems.

7.) Pop a zit:

Personally, I have never done this (see my aforementioned weak stomach), but plenty of women and men say they have and it’s no biggie. So whatever. I get it. It’s cool. It’s love. And who can argue with that?



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