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Out and about / Friday, April 19th, 2013

More Free Advice to Men:

(Married men this time. All you single guys can breathe for now.)

If you ever want to make the world drop its jaw— — and I mean really — —

send your wife on a four-day trip without the kids.

barb, shari, jean

Your self-confidence will grow. Your wife will wrap herself around your little finger. Your reputation in the community will attain unprecedented heights.

Instant brownie points all around.

I must warn you that your wife’s reputation may suffer just a bit. Most onlookers will be sincerely supportive; a few will hide their alarm under polite concern—“HOW long is she going to be gone?” and “Is she taking any of the children?”

It appears that, much as we try to break out of old stereotypes, a few of us do not in fact believe that a home can run smoothly for more than three hours without a woman there to wrestle with the big questions in life, such as “How can our son have seven pairs of pants in the laundry and zero shorts?”

I came back to exuberant kids, a clean house, and a long, sweet kiss.

He’s some man.

And it’s good to be home.

*****

P.S. I hope you enjoyed my sweeping statements about the south as much as I did. As Scott Adams would say, BOCTAOE. (But Of Course There Are Obvious Exceptions)

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joannaschlabach
9 years ago

Like Like 🙂 I was gone, solo, last fall for 8 days to see my sister 🙂 Takes a swell man to do this kind of stuff for his wife!

Admin
9 years ago

Hey now. The house wasn’t that clean. And y’all should have seen the instructions she left behind.

It’s good to have you home.

9 years ago

Yes, he sounds like a winner and you were where you needed to be ~ with your sister and mama. I don’t get it either why people underestimate the house-running/child rearing abilities of men sometimes. Like I tell my husband, “We became parents at the exact same time, what one of us can’t figure out the other one will.” You sound like a great team! That’s a cute pic, by the way, of you all. ♥

Jolene
9 years ago
Reply to  Bethrusso

I don’t get it either why people underestimate the house-running/child rearing abilities of men sometimes. Like I tell my husband, “We became parents at the exact same time, what one of us can’t figure out the other one will.”

Totally agree with this!! ^^

9 years ago

Love that pic of you 3 together. {Jean, it’s fantastic to see your beautiful smile again!}
I think I’ll have to have Amos read this free advice, if he ever has time. 😉

9 years ago

Laughing, laughing, laughing…..about the 7 pair of pants and 0 shorts. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I didn’t smell any stinky shorts when your kids were here, so….. 🙂

9 years ago
Reply to  Shaunda

Unfortunately, that happened WHILE I was home. 🙂 Worse and worse…

Mama Zook
9 years ago

So glad you could go and he held the house down, and none of the children were dead when you arrived back and you came back to a loving family who did miss you alot! That says volumes!! BTW, I think men can do much more than we most often give them credit for!

9 years ago

Yes, true.

I’m so glad you were able to spend time with your sister and mom!