Well, well, well. We had an interesting dinner tonight – it was just 4 of us ’cause Rachel had to work (we decided that this conversation would have taken a completely different turn had she been present. A lot of “Oh My God-ing! This is not appropriate! I’m leaving!”)
We were just shootin’ the breeze about my husband’s work and I was joking with him that the only reason he invites me to work social functions is because I can talk to anyone (I mean it. If I can’t get you talking about something, then, well, you just might be boring and hopeless). I’m the uber-social side of our twosome.
Then, Maddie (14 yo) chimed in with, “Mommy, he invites you because you’re his trophy wife.” Awe, isn’t she sweet? After Mike and I stopped laughing, we explained that I’m not really a trophy wife.
Maybe you’re wondering, “What is the definition of a trophy wife?” Mike shared with the table that, according to ESPN (apparently experts on trophy wives), the age of a trophy wife equals half of the age of the husband plus 5 years.
Thus, AofTW = AofH/2 + 5
I thought to myself,“Okay, I’ll buy that.”
Are you “Modern Family” fans? We are! Maddie, starting to get the gist of a trophy wife, wondered if Gloria counted as a trophy wife. Mike reflected that Gloria was probably 35 years old and Jay was likely 6o years old, so the math would work. Maddie nodded her head like, “A-ha”.
Then, the kids started calculating the age of Mike’s actual trophy wife. Daddy confirmed with the kids that he was indeed, 46. So the kids started doing the math….”Hmmm…half of 46 is 23 plus 5 equals 28. Daddy’s trophy wife would be 28 years old!”.
Thus, confirming that I’m not daddy’s trophy wife.
Then, the kids started calculating how old my husband would be if I were the trophy wife. Whoa, the head calculators were humming! Jack was talking through the math process aloud along with Maddie and came to the conclusion that my got-rocks hubs would be 80 years old (I’m 45).
We were all giggling and laughing about my “old hubs” and then Jack (11 yo), while snorting and guffawing, asks, “What are we talking about?”
Then, we all started laughing!!!
We, again explained the concept of the trophy wife to Jack. And, then he says, “Mommy, are you going to blog about this?” I was already two steps ahead of that boy!
Mike told the kids that they will likely never encounter a story problem like this one on their math tests. So, true.
But, we did come up with a story problem for all of you based on the premise that the age of the Trophy Wife equals half of the age of the Husband plus 5 years. Here it is:
Hubby and Wifey divorce and both are age 45. Wifey remarries and becomes a trophy wife to her New Love. The Hubby remarries a Trophy Wife of his own. What is the difference in the ages of the New Love and the New Trophy Wife?
The person with the right answer gets a free subscription to The Engledow Chronicles!
By the way, my son came up with the title of this post. Kinda sad, right?
My personal theory doesn’t so much relate to “trophy wives.” I tend to look at it more like a question. “What are the chance here that this marriage is based on mutual true love?”
First, calculate the difference in ages. The lower that number, the more likely love is actually involved. Once the differential hits 10 years or so the likelihood really begins to plummet. By the time it reaches 30 it’s almost a statistical impossibility.
The theory also dramatically increases in accuracy when you factor in the wealth differential.
I haven’t worked out the exact formulas yet, but you get the gist.
I’m not attempting your story problem right now. It’s making my head hurt.
Grats to the wise kid for writing the headline. Good job. 🙂
NL= (45- 5) * 2 = 80
NTW= 45/2 + 5 = 27.5
80 – 27.5 = 52.5
Thanks for the mental gymnastic, I feel young enough to be a trophy wife!!
Good for you! You get a gold star 🙂
Ha, great stuff. My wife wants to point out that actress is 38.:) I still think she qualifies though.
Oops, you’re right! Let’s see. . . . that would put Jay at 66 (Ed O’Neill is 65). So, I think we still are okay!
With an almost 17 yr old, 14 yo and 11 yo, we have very interesting dinner discussions (as you can see).