Daddy Off Duty?

Every now and then I get a reprieve from some or all of my after-work childcare duties. On certain nights every week, it's All Daddy All Night, while The Lovely Wife does other things to bring home the (turkey) bacon. The reprieves, I surmise, are her way of giving back to me a little down-time after work, until just before the kids' bedtime. Usually when I get a night-off, she takes the kids out for an after-school playdate/picnic, or over to the in-laws' house for dinner. This works well since she picks up the kids at 5, and I usually have no hope of getting home before 5:30 or later, thanks in part to the wonders of public transit.

Of course, when your wife bosses around contractors for a living and is uber-organized, she doesn't always have the same use for her downtime as you might have for yours. Last night I had up to an hour and a half on my own before she and the kids rolled up the driveway, invading my solitude.

Here are some of the things I planned to do with my downtime:

1) nothing at all, save maybe taking it easy and getting some dinner in absolute quiet;
2) catch up on Lost, or The Office, or any of the other TV shows I never get to watch real-time;
3) listen to some music that is NOT RAFFI, and at a reasonable volume;

Here are some of the things TLW may or may not have suggested I do:

4) clean the bathrooms (?);
5) do a little laundry;
6) vacuum.

Because I'm a methodical kind of guy, I did these in order, and unfortunately didn't even get to number 3. Knowing this, I'm guessing she wasn't surprised in the least to come home to a house that was only remotely cleaner than when we left it, hurricane-style, at 7:30 in the morning that day. Only her sidelong glare and sarcastic tone betrayed her aloofness in this matter. I countered with the fact that I was taking a day off the following day, and would attack most of the items on her list. She was unconvinced. I stood my ground. Sort of.*

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to do some laundry. And maybe find the vacuum.

* We cleaned the bathrooms in tandem last night while the kids were in the bath. Who says she doesn't know how to get results?

Posted bythemikestand at 7:45 AM  

4 stepped up to the mike: said... 5:55 PM, May 07, 2008  

You're awesome, man. Kudos to you and wife. Reminds me very much of the routine around here.

Michael said... 12:08 AM, May 08, 2008  

Oh, gotta love strong women. They do make your life interesting.

Raul said... 8:31 PM, May 09, 2008  

You are indeed awesome. Came to your blog through Rebecca's and Sarah's. If you could jet into Vancouver and give my upstairs neighbours a crash course in parenting, that'd be awesome.



richgold said... 11:03 AM, May 11, 2008  

Oh Mike - you missed the low hanging fruit! If you vacuum, it actually looks like you did a lot more!

Excuse me now! I've got the laundry going, but I've got to get the vacuum out! ;-)

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