I love my wife, I really do. But we suffer, as I think many couples do, from hand signal miscommunication. I think it’s my fault and I am assuming responsibility for the problem.
Hand signal miscommunication is as important in a relationship as any other type of miscommunication, especially when you are involved in intense military style operations like taking your children to the grocery store. Seriously, places like grocery stores and parking lots require lots of hand signals.
I’ve taken it upon myself to attempt to only use standardized hand signals in the hope that my wife and I will be better able to communicate. We are going to adopt the official Army hand signals as our family/couple form of hand signal communication.
I know what you’re thinking, if we standardized our hand signals, everyone who knows the official Army hand signals will be able to intercept our communications. Don’t think the Army hasn’t thought of it either. Section 1-3(c) “Limitations” of the Army hand signal manual says that hand signals “are vulnerable to enemy interception and may be used for deception purposes.” This is a risk I am willing to take if it means better communication with my wife.
The prior section concerns me more. Section 1-3(b) warns “They (hand signals) may be misunderstood.” There’s no way the miscommunication could be worse than it already is. I’m willing to take this chance, too.