An unusual crew, we are, underneath the West Preston skies… the five women, off on this global adventure, are all still with the original person they married. We certainly don’t take that for granted. I am in awe of those of you who are doing the job of being mum, dad or mentor on your own.
That said, there have been some moments of pure gold in this final week lead up. Robyn was doing her packing in what could best be described as a ‘first draft’. Her un-better half ‘Big Ray’ noticed she was struggling with how to lighten her luggage. It was seriously overweight. Big Ray is your classic unrevised Aussie bloke. Big fella, big beard, chippie, bikie. He offered some abrupt advice to his wife in the form of a question.
“Do you need all of your cosmetics?”
Robyn had conveniently packed her toiletries into one smaller bag inside the case. On removal, the case was 4kg lighter.
Moy rang this morning… she is trying to find an easy way to teach her husband, Ken, how to do internet banking.
And then there is this blogger’s household. Lisa is the star of this post and I am under strict instructions to emphasise this but… I do want to get in, in my defence, that I do, do the ironing (sporadically) and the bathrooms every Friday. However, I must confess that our one-year-old front loader is still something of a mystery to me. Therefore, Lisa has this morning, given some final instructions on how to operate our washing machine. I’m reminded of that old toothbrush ad… ‘Rob is a dentist, so we can’t show you his face on TV.’ The Mighty Lisa is not a dentist… she simply has an aversion to her face being on camera but as you can see in this video, she was happy for her hands to be seen in this instructional piece. Granted, I am biased but I think she could be hand model – she would put George Costanza to shame. This video may also be of use to any bloke who is unfamiliar with the working of his laundry and is about to enter any period of temporary (even permanent) bachelor-hood … enjoy too the unintentional bloopers at the end as I try to turn the phone camera off.
Just because it’s called a ‘smart phone’, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it has a smart owner.
So can we extract any deeper meaning out of this story? Let’s have crack at it.
The next seven weeks are going to bring home a deep appreciation of all the wonderful things Lisa does that keep our busy household ticking over. I get it and see it now but suspect that we are going to see things so much more deeply.
The next seven weeks also provide an opportunity to have a go, on my own at a couple of things, parenting-wise with my own kids. Case in point, already this week, the young bloke has started making his own sandwiches. This could be a welcome, embedded routine by the end of May. I’ll keep you posted and if my kids aren’t happy, they know this blog has an open feedback space below. So if I am not up to scratch, I will probably cop it.
Feel free to leave your comments and stories below as well. What do you appreciate about your significant other? How is running the household if you are on your own? And by the way, if you are interested in following the journey of The Mighty Lisa and her four travelling companions… here is their travel blog.