He has no idea what he’s in for.
Knowing what my days look like, I say, “Sure!” It would be quite a relief to have the groceries taken care of.
I start to hand him the list, but then I kind of tug it back – and hold on for dear life – because… well, you see, because there are things on there that I need to explain. Like Samuel’s food. Please get organic, and oh, don’t get this kind of yogurt because it’s too runny. For the chips, get what you want, but nothing with MSG. Yes, you have to read the labels. Also, I forgot to put on there the 25 things that were in my head, so let me add those, too. Hey, while you’re there can you get some stamps and some dog food. Oh wait… we don’t have a dog. Scratch that last one.
Come on, lady! He’s just trying to help! Why are you so picky!? (Can I claim it’s because I care? 😉 Or is it my control thing?)
Would it be easier to just go myself? YES!! And sometimes when he offers to do this for me (can you believe he still offers!?), I do think it would be easier on all of us if I “do it myself”. But sometimes I have to just hand over the list, say Thank You with relief, and let him rescue me.
I’m going to go out on a limb here, ladies. If you think your husband doesn’t do anything, it’s likely you’re not letting him. And you ain’t his momma, so since when did you think you could start dictating what he does and doesn’t do? I know – when it made your life less convenient.
Trust me, when Brad comes home with alfalfa sprouts instead of bean sprouts, I think How am I supposed to make Pad Thai with these? And then I have to laugh because really – how big of a deal is that? It’s not. Even when it is.
My challenge is for you to step out of the way. When he offers to do something, instead of thinking No way! He’ll screw it up and then I’ll just have to redo it! …
- Say “Yes, that would be awesome!”
- When he comes home with those alfalfa sprouts, say “Thanks, babe! You made my life easier this week.” Because he did. He got all other 99 specific things spot-on.
You get to be the princess. He gets to be the hero. And then? He’ll want to do it more. And better. And bigger.
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