Contrary to what the title implies, I had a great mother’s day. My husband and kids made me a very tasty breakfast in bed. I received flowers and cards with promises to vacuum the house and do five chores worth $20 (I think my 8-year-old has an inflated sense of his helpfulness).
For supper, my husband made beef stew, home-baked bread, and spice cake – all were delicious, by the way. He bought an expensive cut of meat, which he thought was called Agnes beef (say Angus, honey, An-gus). Really, I’d hate to think my pleasure was at the expense of a little old lady.
In short, my husband and kids did exactly what they were supposed to do for mother’s day – they made me feel special. Unfortunately, I’m so used to doing everything myself, I had to force myself to walk away when my husband started making the cake using terribly inefficient techniques. I did help him out at supper time because honestly I couldn’t walk away. I have issues, I admit it.
But the kicker was the dishwasher episode. Setting: Me lying in bed, relaxed, reading a House Beautiful magazine after eating my delicious breakfast. My husband has just headed into the kitchen when I hear, “OOOhhhh…” in this mournful, oh crud, kind of voice. Sensing trouble, I leaped out of bed (seriously, I did) and dashed into the kitchen. For some reason, I just knew it was the dishwasher. Maybe it wasn’t making the same noise I’m accustomed to. I don’t know. All I knew was that I was needed to save the day.
And then I saw the bubbles.
That dishwasher was frothing at the mouth like a rabid raccoon. My husband, thinking I’d bought a new sort of dishwasher detergent, put dish soap into the little cup (something they vehemently warn you not to do). Let me tell you, there were a lot bubbles to clean up and scoop out and wash down the sink. A lot. I’m thinking that when I start up the dishwasher again, there’ll be more bubbles.
When it was all over, I told my husband he was a writer’s dream, and then I somehow managed to laugh and give him a hug. What can I say? Mothers need to be needed.
Seeing all those bubbles just made my day.