Tuesday, April 1, 2008

On The Lighter Side

A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front room, the TV was loudly blaring on the cartoon channel; and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread out by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, “What happened here today?”

She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?”

“Yes,” was his incredulous reply.

She answered, “Well, today I didn't do it.”

Have you ever had a day like this? When no matter what you did, it didn't seem to stem the overwhelming tide of more things to be done? When it seemed as if no one, not even the faithful family dog, noticed that you even did anything? This is for you. It's a funny little story, but we've all been there. We'll all be there again from time to time. Take heart: what you and I do every day does matter. We are changing the world, even if it's only one snotty boogie nose at a time. And we know that we can't stop doing what we are doing. If we did, the whole world would stop too!

And no one would make dinner, to boot.

Thanks to my friend, KB, for sending this story my way!


The Boss said...

I've NEVER come home to a house in this condition. Wow, you're good!

The Gang's All Here! said...

To The Boss:
And it is HUGELY to your credit that you have NEVER uttered those fateful words to me in all our almost 18 years. Any good I am is cuz you set me free to be me!


Who stole my life story? I think I have spies in my house. LOL

Thrills said...

I've read this story before, but today was a great day to read it again.

I actually said to hubby tonight, "I don't feel like a did a thing today. The house is a disaster." His reply was, "You played and took care of the kids."

Thank goodness that was his answer otherwise, I would have flipped out.

ComfyDenim said...

The professor has never uttered those words before. And it's a good thing. *LOL* This is one of my favorites!!

Manic Mom said...

This one always cracks me up!

Almost as much as you saying David Cook is the one to beat!

(LOL--I know he is a much better singer and has more star-quality than my boyfriend, but let's just keep that between you and me, K? ... hee hee, I can just see the blog tabloids now... "Manic Mommy Admits It--Her Boyfriend NOT Next AI!" LOL!

I do think there's too many teeny boppers still voting for the younger of the David's though, who is an excellent singer as well. Still, in the hotness category, "one-hundred-million percent DAWG, it's Michael!"

: )

Holly said...


this one made me smile from ear to ear! cause we've had these discussions. not that he says this to me, but sometimes when i have to go out and he stays home with the kids, when i get back, he tells me how much he admires me cause he says he could NEVER do that all day, every day!! ;)