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The Strawberry Letter: He Needs New Underwear

Dear Steve and Shirley,

My husband is very particular about all of his things. He had a professional organizer come and do his side of the closet, and I had to have a tantrum to get him to pay to get my closet done. I'm so glad we have separate closets because, with my busy schedule and a newborn, I don't have time to keep my closet neat like his.

My husband has a shopping addiction too. When he goes to hang with his boys, he needs a new shirt or a new jogging suit, or new dress pants. I have asked him a million times if he's really going to hang with his friends because he is dressed so nicely.

He has a thing about his underwear too. There is only one designer that he will wear, and they're expensive. They are made of a buttery soft blend of silk, and I wear the panties by the same designer. I have given him the underwear as a gift, but every time I turn around, he's buying more.

I wash and fold all of his clothes, and I've noticed that his underwear goes missing. If I ask him about the underwear, he gets defensive and asks why I'm taking inventory of his underwear. It's what a wife does, and I do it with my children's clothes too. If things are tattered, I throw them away and buy them some new ones. But my husband cannot tell me why his underwear keeps disappearing. He lied and said they shrink or they rip when I wash them. As much as he pays for his underwear, they should last 50 years before they shrink or tear up.

He just asked me the other day to order him six more T-shirts and six pairs of underwear. If he was cheating or leaving his underwear at someone else's house, why would he ask me to order him more? Can you tell me how his underwear keeps disappearing? Because he can't.