Back when we were first preparing for stay-at-home orders, we, like many people, scrambled to make sure we had a good supply of the family’s prescription medications. On one of her trips to the pharmacy, my wife picked up a bottle of daily vitamins for each of us. I hadn’t been in the habit of taking general vitamin pills, but it wasn’t a bad idea to keep the levels up, with pathogens potentially lurking around every corner.
A contrast between the bottle of Women’s vitamins and the bottle of Men’s vitamins was immediately apparent. I thought perhaps her pills were larger than mine, because maybe the vitamins a man needs are smaller than the vitamins a woman needs. I don’t know how big an individual vitamin is. Or maybe she needs extra supplements to give her the strength to deal with me in isolation.
These notions were dispelled when I read the labels side by side. Her bottle had 200 daily doses, while my bottle held only 120.
I found interesting the theory that I would not need to be kept in optimal health for as long as she would.
ME: Your vitamin bottle is bigger than mine.
WIFE: So it is.
ME: Yours has 80 more pills in it that mine does.
WIFE: Yeah, I know.
ME: Why did you get me fewer pills?
WIFE: Women live longer than men. You don’t like it when I waste money on things we might not need.