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Monday, January 16, 2006
SWITCHING ROLES
For non-working mothers, I don't know if your husbands feel this way but I know 2 of my friends' husbands do. In one of the get togethers we had before the end of 2005, they were ventilating to the group about how sick and tired they were of going to work everyday and breaking their backs to provide for the family while their wives stayed home and spent the money they worked hard for. They wished their wives will experience what they go through so they kidded each other about switching roles with them. Since they know I am a career woman, saying something in defense of my friends will not be appreciated, I decided to tell this story...

One day, God in His infinite wisdom granted a man's wish to switch roles with his wife. The next morning, the man awoke as a woman. He arose, cooked breakfast for his mate, awakened the kids, set out their school clothes, fed them breakfast, packed their lunches, drove them to school, came home and picked up clothes for dry cleaning, took it to the cleaners and stopped at the bank to make a deposit, went grocery shopping, then drove home to put away the groceries, paid the bills and balance the checkbook. He cleaned the cat's little box and bathed the dog. Then it was already 1 pm and he hurried to make the beds, do the laundry, vacuum, dust, and sweep and mop the kitchen floor. Ran to the school to pick up the kids and got into an argument with them on the way home. Set out cookies and milk and got the kids organized to do their homework, then set up the ironing board and watched TV while he did the ironing. At 4:30 he began peeling potatoes and washing vegetables for salad, breaded the porkchops and snapped fresh beans for supper.

After supper, he cleaned the kitchen, ran the dishwasher, folded laundry, bathed the kids, and put them to bed. At 9 pm he was exhausted and, though his daily chores weren't finished, he went to bed where he was expected to make love, which he managed to get through without complaint.

The next morning he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and said, "Lord, I don't know what I was thinking. I was so wrong to envy my wife's being able to stay home all day. Please, Oh please, let us trade back."

The Lord in His infinite wisdom, replied, "My son, I feel you have learned your lesson and I will be happy to change things back the way they were. You'll just have to wait nine months, though. You got pregnant last night."
 
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