April 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 4 months.
This morning as I was dropping you off at school, you wanted to go over to your friend Avery’s daddy and ask him if Avery could hang out with us this Saturday for the free puppet show at the Nashville Library.
He was delighted you asked, as was Avery. His response: “That sounds like fun. Well, let me check with the ‘schedule keeper’ in our house, Avery’s Mommy, and we’ll let you know tomorrow.”
A few minutes later, you asked your friend Madison’s daddy the same thing. His response: “Yeah, we’d like to do that. Let me check with the person in our household who handles our schedule and we’ll see.”
Earlier this week, I was texting my friend Dave about going to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier on opening night.
Before texting me back, you guessed it… he checked with the “schedule keeper.”
Sort of like how I recently pointed out that it’s common knowledge that the modern dad does the dishes every night (or a staple household chore of similar value), I’ve observed another sign of a happily married father:
He quickly admits he doesn’t control his schedule.
So, when I’m asked about plans, I know just what to do: I refer that person to Mommy.
You and I both are just along for the ride.
Even as I’m the one driving our family around in the car on the weekends, I never really know where we are going until we’re loading up. Seriously, that’s how it is.
That’s okay by you and me. Wherever we end up, we seem to always have a good time.
And really, it’s the same way with our budget. Mommy handles that for our family.
When I want to purchase something, like tickets for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, for example, I run it by Mommy.
It’s not necessarily that I have to ask permission, per se, as it is I… collaborate with the CFO first (Chief Financial Officer).
Whether it’s the schedule or the budget, I’ve learned that pretty much, the answer is yes, but I don’t ultimately make that call independently.
Mommy and I play different roles in our household. I don’t have to worry about planning out our schedules or doing the budget. I do other stuff, which I plan to write to you more about next.
Like I said shortly after Mommy and I got married nearly 6 years ago:
I wear the pants in the relationship… but she tells me which ones to wear.