|One of the younger models in my nephew collection|
I'm a bit concerned about how my husband and daughter will fare while I'm gone, though. As I was leaving the gym last night, I got a text from my daughter. "Dad has a headache. Please come home." It's true that my other half was a bit surly yesterday. He went to bed at 8 p.m., which was fine because no one wanted to deal with his cranky ass.
He was off work today because he works for a bank and it's Veteran's Day. Anyway, since he didn't have to work, we didn't need to take the kid to daycare before school. "You'll need to call and let daycare know she won't be there today." I knew what was coming next.
"What's the number?"
"You'll need to Google it, " I said. "Takes two seconds."
"I have to Google it?!" He was incredulous. "Why isn't it written down?"
I gave up and Googled it for him. Like I said, two seconds. I read the number to him.
"Well, I'm going to write it down," he said. He said it like he was the first person to come up with such a concept.
I could have done all of this for him, but I was trying to push him to be just a wee bit more self-reliant. I mean, my husband is a smart man. I feel like he can handle this stuff. What if I get hit by a bus or something?
Before I left for work, I gave him a couple more reminders. "You'll need to sign her reading sheet and put her stuff in her backpack. Don't forget her lunch." (I had made the lunch ahead of time because I think it would have put him over the edge if he had to do it.)
"I have to do ALL THAT?"
So, I don't know what's going to happen when I'm gone in a couple of weeks. He'll need to:
- Make sure his child is dressed appropriately for the weather each day.
- Check her backpack daily. The other day I found a wadded piece of paper that turned out to be a permission slip for her to participate in a parade next week. It was VERY URGENT according to my daughter, but not so urgent that she thought it was worth mentioning, even though it was due the next day.
- Check the lunch menu at school. If the meal is meatless, she can eat the school lunch. If not, he'll need to make her lunch (or supervise her verrrrry carefully while she makes it).
- Fill out and sign the daily reading sheet.
- Feed himself and his child.
- Pay the daycare.
- Find a babysitter for the night he has to work.
- Make sure his kid bathes regularly. She does not do this sort of thing voluntarily.