Monday, January 29, 2007


Friday evening, friends called and said they had tickets to a concert and would we like to go?

Is grass green? Of course, we said. We'd love to go.

We'll pick you up in exactly one hour, they told us.

Milton hung up the phone. "What about supper?"

I thought for a moment. He knew I'd planned to cook a big pot of chili that evening. But how could I do that and get ready? "Tell you what," I said. "You come in the kitchen and help, and I'll cook us some chili in no time flat."

We practically ran to the kitchen. I threw the ground beef and frozen chopped onions into the pot, and he opened cans. Within minutes, the beef and onions were browned. I drained them, then poured the cans of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and chili beans into the pot plus chili seasonings. I glanced at the clock. In seven minutes, we'd made a pot of chili. A few more minutes of heating it till it was good and hot, and we were sitting at the table eating, a dollop of sour cream and grated cheese atop our bowls. We cleaned everything up, and I still had 32 minutes to get ready. Not bad.


Now, if he'd just do that every evening!

Oops. That's not the point of my post.

The point is, he does help me with things around the house. And he's the best grandfather there ever was. He and the little ones have day-long dates at the zoo while the girls and I shop or eat out together. It didn't used to be that way, the help around the house, and the help with childcare when our girls were small. But things have changed the longer we've been married, so take heart if you're wishing your spouse would do so and so or this and that.


"Let's get together,

Yeh, yeh, yeh,

Why don't you and me combine?

Let's get together,

Yeh, yeh, yeh,

We'll have a real good time."

That's a song in an old movie starring Hayley Mills.



Yeh, yeh.


At 12:10 AM, Blogger martie said...

Haley Mills in the 'Parent Trap'...I remember it well. My hubby has turned into a great help around the house too....I attribute it to longevity of marriage.....and proper training, of course!

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Patricia W. said...

That's funny. I was thinking about this very topic this past weekend. Hubby, who swore he would never, ever fold clothes, now regularly helps with the laundry. The other day, he and I cooked together. And I thought, "Isn't this nice?"

Gee, if I'd known all of my perceived rough spots would smooth out in the end, I'd have spent a lot less time stressing. When I'm fairly certain I'll get what I want in the end, I'm really good at waiting!

Makes me wonder if he's getting what he wanted at last???

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Patricia, girl, you're a wealth of wisdom! You said, "Gee, if I'd known all of my perceived rough spots would smooth out in the end, I'd have spent a lot less time stressing."

Great advice to all couples!

And then, "Makes me wonder if he's getting what he wanted at last?"

K: Great way to look at it! I guess we could analyze that in our marriages, because the longer we're married, the more we know what each other wants and needs.

Thanks for the comments, Patricia and Martie.

At 9:06 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I can attest to this phenomenon, too. ;) Mine shares in the housework, too.I love it!

At 11:29 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Yeah for Ane's dh. So sweet when dh's help us!


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