Fozec took my paladin for a spin in ZA last night. He asked me a few days ago if I'd ever think of tanking with her myself someday. The honest answer is I don't know. The really honest answer is I'm too afraid of total and complete humiliation in front of my gaming peers to give it a try. That's not to say I won't develop the cajones to learn to tank someday. It's just that it would put me somewhere I've tried really hard not to be: In Fozec's Shadow.
When your husband is considered one of, if not "the" best tank in the guild, that's a lot that I don't want to be compared to. I think subconsciously that's why we've always had different roles. When he was a healer, I was dps. When he went tank, I went healer (through there was like 2 months of healer overlap). And when Fozec does something, he goes all out with the theorycrafting and advanced play tactics. The worse thing would be getting a whisper asking for Foz to please take over my char because I'm doing such a terrible job.
Also, right now my character is flexible. I can be a tank or healer with a simple respec. Dps isn't viable because I don't have the gear. Yet. ;D Fozec can switch his from tank to tank to dps. So if I'm tanking, we'd need to find a healer. If Fozec's tanking, he has a pocket healer in tow. Snag 3 dps and we're good to go.
But mainly it's the fear of looking foolish. I have little to no concept of what a tank even does, besides taunt. This would be a project where I learned everything from scratch. And while I've been practicing my targeting with my hunter, I'm not what you'd call quick at it.
That being said, I did switch from rogue to priest to paladin. Given enough time, I stopped sucking and contributed. And it's not like I'd be expected to tank in raids or something. We're talking heroic 5-mans at best here. On the side. Possibly for fun.
Or maybe this whole planted seed of tankage is really a cover for something else entirely. Could it be that Fozec wants me to tank ZA's (someday) so he can get a bear mount for his warrior??? /arched eyebrow