There’s a happy ending to the whole suit story. Not only did Husband look handsome in the ensemble he pulled together, but he did get a new suit last week. I had never been suit shopping before, but I figured that if it was anything like dress shopping, we had a long night ahead of us. But, the suit shopping experience went so well that, even as I write this, I have to remind myself that it wasn’t a dream. We walked into the department store. Husband spent approximately 2 minutes sizing up all the suit offerings. Then he saw a black pinstripe suit he liked (very classy!) and it was a reasonable price (on sale!). He took another 3 seconds to find his size, and then he whisked it off to the dressing room to try it on. As he’s trying it on, I stand outside the dressing room and I remind him: “If it doesn’t fit exactly right, you could always have it tailored.” Just then he emerged from the dressing room in a suit that fit like a glove. It was perfect. I was speechless. We then paid for the suit and left the store. By my estimate, the whole experience took less than 10 minutes. This experience was obviously nothing like any dress-buying session I’ve had. Noticeably lacking from the ordeal was: 1) spending hours wandering from store to store, 2) sighing as dress after dress doesn’t fit, 3) throwing up your hands in a fit of frustration, 4) gasping at the price tags, 5) trying to imagine what shoes you would need to buy to match the dress, and 6) crying. It was there, in the suit section of the department store, that I had a major epiphany. This is the reason why women have, on average, a longer lifespan than men. We need those extra years to compensate for all the time we've lost dress shopping. Personally, I’d rather have a shorter lifespan and skip the dress-shopping drama altogether. The only thing we didn’t get on that shopping trip for Husband was a tie. But, if tie shopping is anything like suit shopping, that should take approximately 30 seconds this weekend.