Friday, April 11, 2008

Superwifey - Armed with a Tool Belt and Girl Power

It’s so nice when your kids have your back.

“I think someone else should do it,” Miles told me last summer, when I said I couldn’t play with him because I had to take care of #98 on my To Do list. “Mommy does EVERYTHING.”

I normally don’t do everything – just mostly everything, but at that time Husband was battling a severe case of vertigo (an illness where your equilibrium leaves you unbalanced, your head spins, and you feel like you’ve had too many margaritas then jumped off a merry-go-round). He couldn’t do anything for more than three months, so guess who dusted off her Superwifey cape and strapped on her tool belt? That’s right – toot, toot – I did!

I was exhausted and frustrated, but also felt a strong sense of accomplishment. I found out that I could do many things that I normally didn’t have any desire to do — and even better, I was good at them. Mowing the lawn was a piece of cake, changing the light bulbs on the front porch was easy, taking the car to get the oil changed was no problem, and I even survived a trip to the barber shop so Miles could get his hair cut.

While it’s nice to have a partner so you don’t have to do everything yourself, sometimes it can leave you a little helpless. Taking out the trash, cleaning the garage and practicing football with the kids are all things that Husband normally does. And, thankfully he is recovered and able to do all of these things again. But for a short period of time it was nice to discover that I can do all these things – and do them well — when I need to.

I’ve packed away my Superwifey cape, but keep the tool belt with in arms reach. What about you? What can you do just as well as any man out there? The Parent Bloggers Network and the folks at Ask Patty want to know. Share your Superwifey story and some girl power; and you just might win the prize.

Winks & Smiles,


Becoming Me said...

Good for you! Now that my husband is recovering from back surgery, I found myself drilling, attaching safety latches, lifting heavy mattresses, rearranging furniture and the like. ANd I feel empowered!

Dana J. Tuszke said...

Vertigo sucks. I suffered that a few months ago. We moms always do more then our husbands, at least I think so. ;)

Anonymous said...

I discovered that Home Depot was right: "I could do it. They could help." We've renovated a house and I now know how to put up insulation, sheetrock, fix holes in walls, and put cabinets together (IKEA is a wonderful place). Girls can do anything they want to!

Wifey said...

Yay, Ladies! Go Girl Power!