Monday, March 14, 2011

A Day With My Wife's Schedule

I believe that men are fairly simple creatures and women are very complex. This belief was very evident today as I tried to keep part of my wife's schedule. On a normal day, I leave the house as the children are getting up. I get to the office early while it is quiet and I get some work done. I have to make sure that projects are done on time, that I remember appointments with clients, I attend business development meetings, and I appear in court when necessary. At times, my schedule may seem complex, but, in reality, I just have to take care of myself. Occasionally, I will help Sandy with the kids, but, generally, I only have to care for myself.

Today, I had to take care of my wife's schedule. She had to take our foster baby for surgery. I had to leave the house at 8:00 a.m. We left on time and things were going well. I got Laura to school on time for her class. We then arrived at my in-laws house where we were to spend about an hour. During that hour, my 2 year old foster son needed a diaper change. My mother-in-law changed him so that I could get some work done. After she took off his stinky diaper, we discovered that we left the diaper bag at home. So, I had to make a quick trip to CVS to get diapers. Shortly after finishing the longest diaper change ever, I had to leave the house to pick up Laura at school and drop Aly off at school. Then, we returned to my in-laws for about an hour and a half. At 10:45, I had to pack the kids back up and pick up Aly at school. Then, we had to go to the orthodontist for 11:15 appointments. Because the appointments were supposed to be short and my foster son can be difficult, I kept him, my 6 year old daughter, and 10 year old son in the van. Unfortunately, these short appointments ended up being an hour long. This was a long hour. Eventually, we returned home where I left the kids with my wife and I went to the office for sane schedule.

This is a fairly typical day for my wife. In comparison to her schedule, my schedule is fairly simple. I really do not know how she is able to care for 6 kids, with 2 in diapers. She is an extraordinary woman. She is capable of handling a complex schedule; whereas, I am too simple to successful handle such a schedule. I am truly blessed to have her as my wife. After living one morning in her shoes, I know that I am not capable of keeping her schedule.

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