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A Little P & Q

September 12, 2011

Scene: This morning just before J.D. leaves for school. James has apparently removed the mufflers on all of his hot wheels cars and is recklessly driving them across a field full of active land mines. Jasper is screech-screaming between mouthfuls of breakfast and hurling whatever is within arms reach to the floor.

J.D.: It’s amazing that it’s in my classroom, full of twenty-six thirteen-year-olds, that I find a little peace and quiet every day.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jean permalink
    September 13, 2011 1:57 pm

    J.D.’s statement has to be somehow preserved for posterity. There are millions of mothers all over the world who would love to show it to their husbands who come home after work and say to their wives, “And what did you do all day…?”

    • Claire permalink*
      September 13, 2011 3:48 pm

      Here’s a good “forward” for under-appreciated SAHMs everywhere:

      A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in
      their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers
      strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife’s car was open, as was
      thefront door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

      Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been
      knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front
      room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was
      strewn with toys and various items of clothing.
      In the kitchen, dishesfilled the sink, break fast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge doorwas open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door. He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened.

      He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls. As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel.

      She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went.

      He looked at her bewildered and asked, “What happened here today?”
      She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you come home from
      work and you ask me what in the world did I do today?”

      “Yes,” was his incredulous reply.

      She answered, “Well, today I didn’t do it.”

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