October 13, 2008
Thank God for Moms
My wife had foot surgery a week ago last Friday. She is progressing, but still unable to be on her feet for more than 5-10 minutes every hour. As much as it drives her crazy not being able to do anything productive, it's nothing compared to the insanity of trying to fill her shoes. (no pun intended)
JoLee is the domestic partner every man would love to have. She is meticulous about the house, which is the perfect complement to a guy like me, who pretty much just needs a pathway to the bed, the couch, the kitchen, etc. You will be treated like royalty if you ever stay with us - and you'll no doubt be impressed by how beautfiul she keeps the house. She is also a fabulous cook, and always keeps her meals healthy, besides.
That being said, imagine a scenario where she can't lend a hand. Instead, the housekeeping, dishes, meals, etc. are left to her ill-prepared husband and our three kids. I've also been forced into the role of chauffeur, so the kids can get to school in the morning and back home in the afternoon. What you have is the making of a really funny sitcom for the viewer, a flat-out nightmare for the participating actors.
I do my best to keep the meals edible, make sure the dishes are clean after the evening meal, and keep the kids' books, clothes, toys, etc. from being underfoot. However, my specialty is buying mortgages. I am NOT the poster child for Good Housekeeping magazine.
Last weekend my parents came over to help out around the house and to see the grandkids. Once again a 'Mom" was there to organize the household and cook the meals. Things went a whole lot more smoothly when my own mother was here to take over where my wife left off. Contrasting that with my attempts to keep from burning the house down, and I realized moms just don't get the constant kudos they deserve.
So thank you, moms, wherever you are. And for those of you working moms who have to do what I do all day and still cook, clean, do laundry, etc., I humbly bow to your ability to do what amounts to hell on earth for me.
I hate to finish this entry so abruptly, but I'm back to cooking dinner for the family, and I've yet to determine what we're having...Domino's or Papa Johns...
Make it a great day.
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