And Our Wives Struggle Too…April 8, 2008
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post about the pastor’s peculiar holiday struggles, my wife Nicki has weighed in with some additional battles that she (like other wives) wages during the holiday season. Notwithstanding these posts, I do hasten to add that we actually DID have a good holiday!!
1. The pre-holiday washing, ironing and packing of clothes as well as organinsing the other 101 things you need to take with you can not only be very draining but stresses me out no end and makes me horribly irritable.
2. On the way there is a sense of relief and anticipation, though regret at the state in which you left the house and the things that you forgot to bring.
3. The need to bring structure (because that’s how it is) to what should be an easy-going unstructured time away.
4. Continuing with the mundane tasks of feeding, bathing, cleaning up after the children and generally feeling that you aren’t really getting a break at all.
5. Frustrated with knowing that your husband is also struggling to relax.
6. Frustrated that the kid’s behaviour is worse than usual.
7. Frustrated that someone, if not more than one, fall ill.
8. Wondering what’s happening back at home with church, family and friends.
9. Dreading the holiday ending, knowing that your husband will be going back to work.
10. Feeling the need to get back to normal and almost wishing you were back home.
11. Dreading going home to the pigsty that you left.
12. The prospect of a suitcase load of washing and ironing.
13. Coming home just as tired as you left.