Dec 12, 2007

You Can Come Back Now

Dear Husband,

I'm ready to have you come home now. The novelty of being the Sole Ruler Of The Household has worn off, and I'm now willing to relinquish a few of my responsibilities to you. In particular, the following missions are in need of a new Commander-in-Chief:

1. Getting the children up in the morning and ready for school.
2. Cleaning the house.
3. Doing the laundry.
4. Shopping for groceries and preparing meals.
5. Getting the children to bed at night.

In return, I promise I won't complain about how you perform these tasks for at least 24 hours (and you know that's quite a promise, coming from me).

XOX

Your Adoring Wife

54 comments:

ALM said...

Oh yeah, the getting up in the morning, getting ready for school thing is a real killer!

the dragonfly said...

Awww...

I know the time will eventually come when the Sergeant has to go to Iraq.

I will be Single Mom.

Scary.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Did I already tell you your message to CJ was awesome?

Thank you so very much - how cool that someone in Norway is proud of my Shmoops!

Hallie

Lainey-Paney said...

Yes, doing it all alone is the pits!

Steph said...

I hope that he's due home really, really soon!

Casdok said...

Lol!!

Misty said...

I never ever knew how hard being a single parent was ( I was one for over three years) until I got a husband. Now, I couldn't live without those extra hands.

Weird, huh?

another good thing said...

Hah. You're right, sometimes it takes having them go away to know how much you really NEED them. Though I do love hogging the whole bed and reading for all hours with the light on VERY bright.
My sis is a single Mom and I don't know how she does it.

Kellan said...

When I first had my girls (twins) my husband used to have to work so many weekends and late nights - I thought I would lose my mind. Luckily he doesn't have to do that much anymore - but it would not be easy and I wouldn't be at all happy if he was not around here to help me, so I can imagine how you feel. Imagine poor Tommie (military wives) - husband deployed - imagine! Take care and I hope your hubbie returns soon to offer relief. Kellan

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

Your husband does all these things? That's amazing! No wonder you miss him so much!

Gina said...

Oh god, that is my biggest problem, that I complain about the way he does things, even when he is just trying to help.

I need to take your situation as my example!

Melanie said...

God bless single parents everywhere.

Kyla said...

I know. When they are gone you really miss someone helping pull the weight, even if you don't quite agree with the method they pull it in.

Jennifer said...

Doing it all alone is so hard. My husband leaves for work before the rest of us are awake in the morning -- you DON'T want to see our house during the morning rush, with me as sole parent. It's ugly. Thankfully, the husband makes up for it by doing the bedtime routine. My hat's off to single parents everywhere. Hope your other half is home soon!

Victoria said...

Aww. I always find in so bittersweet when my hubby is absent (which is rare, I'm the traveling one..) and I go "Holy crap, I NEED you!" My hubs preps our kiddos in the morning too. It's such a hard thing to do alone.

Good luck!

LoriD said...

Wait. Does he actually do these things? No wonder you need him back!

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

How much longer?

Who She She said...

It's during the morning routine when I win all of my Worst Mother of the Year Awards. Absence makes the (desperate) heart grow fonder.

painted maypole said...

oh.. it's the judgement of how things are done that gets me every time.

i'm learning to be much better, but it's hard! ;)

thirtysomething said...

Yeah, the Single Mom thing has it's good points, but it is really really hard sometimes. Glad for ya when he returns!

Kristen said...

aww. sweetie! I hope he is home soon! I feel your pain.

Oh, The Joys said...

Ugh. K leaves town today. [shudder]

Amy Y said...

He'll be home before you know it! Hang on, Mama!

Maddy said...

Doesn't matter how early I get up it's still always a scrambled marathon.
Cheers

This is my calling card or link"Whittereronautism"until blogger comments get themselves sorted out.

Beck said...

I want my husband to do that stuff and heck, he's here right now (well, in a few hours)...

Mountain Dweller said...

I am always completely lost when my husband isn't here and he is never away for more than a few hours at a time. Hope you survive!

Rima said...

Yeah, that should do it! I'm sure he'll be on the next flight in ;)

Candy said...

If you can actually get him to do all those things, there's an entire internet full of women ready to hi-jack his plane.

Don Mills Diva said...

Aww - it's tough on your own isn't it. My hubby works CRAZY hours so I'm on my own most of the time. It is HARD. Chin up.

Kathryn said...

I know how it feels. So completely draining. Here's hoping hubby is home soon.

sandy shoes said...

Hey, maybe yours can come home, and mine can go away for a while!

Just kidding.

Sort of.

Hang in there.

kim-d said...

Yeah, Heidi, I feel your pain. It's hard not having your husband around, even if there aren't any kids to get out the door. Mine used to get ME out the door...and into a warm vehicle...and chauffeured to the front door of my job, with travel mug of coffee in hand. But even if he wouldn't have done any of those things, I wish mine would come home, too :).

Kellan said...

Hey - come back and visit me - I have something for you. Kellan

hokgardner said...

B was gone for three days this past weekend, and boy did I miss having another adult around! Hang in there.

Karen MEG said...

Don't scare him, now, Heidi :). I'm sure there are other reasons you need him back! He may come home faster then (but then, perhaps your teeny promises are enough of a draw ;)

Laura said...

May I copy this letter for my husband the next time he is away on business?

GREAT LETTER - love the 24 hour clause!

Thanks for sharing!

WorksForMom said...

Ahhh yes. I am copying and pasting for my husband as well!

suburbancorrespondent said...

37 comments?! Are you paying people, or what?

And just what are you planning to do while your husband does all that? Curl up by the fire with a good book? It's a good thing we women are decorative, huh?

Stepping Over the Junk said...

oh, I know how that is...yet I dont have a husband who will come home...cause I dont have a husband! But I have to say, when I did have a husband, he didnt do any of the things I do in the household anyway...so I might as well be single! Heh. Maybe I just had the wrong man. Hang in there!

Mrs. G. said...

You are a smart woman for tagging on that time limit. Hang in there!

jen said...

you are heroic. seriously, i know you were being funny...but sister.

you are.

Cathy said...

I could have written this! My husband travels a lot during certain times of the year. The mornings -- argh! -- the mornings...

Badness Jones said...

Good luck with your list there, Sweets! And I complain about how my husband does everything too....I just don't know how to stop!!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Ha ha ha, I love the part about not complaining for 24 hours. My mom always told me never to complain about the way men do things or they will just give up and not do anything.

Queeny said...

Good luck with that. My hubs cooks about twice a week (always on weekends) but that's about as far as his helping hand reaches. Wish he'd help with the morning routine, but he's always "running late."

Julie Pippert said...

I hope your petition succeeds!!

Julie
Using My Words

shay said...

I hear ya baby loud and clear.

Here's my worry though, what if he actually IS better at it than I am? Will he make me do his job? Cuz I KNOW I would suck at that!

Hope his time away goes fast!

Just Seeking said...

I hate the mornings now that it's dark. Ugh!

Aliki2006 said...

Oh, the getting them ready in the a.m. and to bed in the p.m.--formidable tasks that are oh so much easier with TWO parents!

chichimama said...

Hope he is back home soon!

Sue said...

I FEEL YOU. You know I do. ARRRRRRRRRG. Hope he's back soon. Hang in there.

carrie said...

You know I hear ya on this one!

Hang in there, friend.

M said...

Adoring wife...

I will be at your service in less than two days, jet lagged, sleep deprived, and heavily laden, but willing to lend a hand.

And as a token of good faith, I promise to do all the chores for 24 hours.

Your adoring husband.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Oh my goodness. I was just sitting here, bored, reading some of the comments from this post and then I saw that last one from M. I'm assuming he is your husband... How sweet! You are a lucky gal!!!