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We work at being at home; our home works for our family. We are regular; regular seems rare. I try to look at the stars like my mother does each night -- proof we are all under the same sky.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Husband Material

I'm over-run by appointments with naturalists for the Eagle-scout-to-be, doctors' appointments for the exchange student, computer geek meetings for the build-a-computer kid. Then there's how Nick and friend re-arranged all the furniture in the living room, with sheets and towels draped over all to make a giant model of the interior of Hogwarts. Too much cool play in there to even feel like complaining about the fact that every sheet in the house is now unfolded and mixed with golden retriever hair.

But here's the thing. Eagle scout son sensed my blurry vision. He asked what he could do to help, proceeded to go out and do my errands for me, thought out what we could use for dinner, bought the groceries, and came home and got the other guys to grill chicken, cook green beans and rice, set the table, do the dishes.

Then he announced he's applied for some kind of writing gig for an online newspaper connected to a forum he's been participating on, and how did I feel about that?

Well right now, it's sounding a lot like that kid can do no wrong.

And did I mention that he TOOK Nick, 7, with him to get the groceries, in the process defusing a major feud over computer time among American/Ecuadoran brothers?

And some people don't believe in miracles.


Blogger Gem said...

Are you taking betrothal applications?

8:36 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Well, you may be less interested on a different day. You know, when he argues with his brother over whether emptying the bathroom trash can is a part of the bathroom cleaning job or the trash emptying job; when he checks the oil and finds it impossibly low (empty?) but then DRIVES HOME to get some; when he has a headache that hurts too bad to sit at the table and converse just a few minutes longer but recovers immediately after dinner for a jarring ride on his bike through the fields; when he leaves the house unlocked despite reminders; when he -- well, you get the picture. It's definitely a work in progress. But it did feel wonderful to have him tune in to what was going on with me and just jump in to make things better, with no judgment or complaint or push from me.

I'm pretty functional under most circumstances; still, the occasional rescue is something I like to both give and receive.

Yesterday I was definitely on the receiving end, and it gave me one of those "this is all worth it" thoughts.

Just a good feeling to look at your son and think, "whatta guy."

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Anonymous Marcella said...

You post brought tears to my eyes. I'm sitting in a family room strewn with wooden blocks and Cheezit wrappers (they were making a Cheezit factory), a recently finished USA puzzle, and misc papers and markers while the kids chase a gerbil around the room. My 5 and 8 year old get more wound up when I start to lose it. I have a hard time imagining one of them buying groceries and making dinner to rescue me! As hard as some days are, though, I don't want them to leave this stage too soon. I love that they are doing puzzles and building with wooden blocks instead of sitting in desks filling in worksheets!

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