Here’s a recent quote from Chuck:
Diane “I’m exhausted from food shopping.”
Chuck “Hey, I’m tired too! I’ve been watching three kids, one of whom I didn’t even know was here.”
By my standards that was a fine job. Responsibility and coverage for the kids in consideration for your significant other tops all responsibilities as we Moms and Dads grapple with the ongoing struggle of raising and dealing with kids, their ideals, their hopes and dreams, their tantrums, refusing to eat what’s cooked for dinner, bumming money of ya, bad grades, insolent attitudes and generally being a money siphon akin to laying every dollar you own on the floor with the understanding that a vacuum cleaner will soon come along and clean you out.
Say, that reminds of a story of my own: (We had a one-year old boy at the time. Mother’s Day, circa 2001)
Wife (early morning): “Well”?
Me: “Well what”?
Wife: “Where’s my Mother’s Day gift?”
Me (sensing trouble): “I didn’t get u one”
Wife: “WHY NOT!!???
Me: “You’re not my mother”.
I paid a king’s ransom for that response friends and in some ways so discreet (other ways more overt) that I still haven’t any cognizance of them 20 years later.
Marriage/kids: Think hard my readers.
Chuck was kind enough to impart a few thoughts from his most recent beachside excursion:
Diane (attempting to ask me about the upcoming weather): “How long rain harder?”
Chuck: “What??? You sound like one of the Hekawis from F Troop”.
O”Rourke (to Wild Eagle): “U don’t have to ACTUALLY attack the fort, just send your brave Hekawii warriors tonight and PRETEND to attack so we can make Cpt. Parmenter look like a hero.”
Wild Eagle: “No good O’Rourke. Brave Hekawii warriors afraid of dark.”
(Back to Chuck) Diane and the girls are all killing me at Scrabble yet they are all trying to make me feel better.
Erin: “Your score isn’t too bad.”
Me: “Are you kidding me?? A monkey could eat the bag of tiles and s**t them out all over the board and he would STILL have a better score than me.”
Jimmy: Hey Chuck! You just disrespected rule #3.4 of this website which clearly stipulates (ahem)… “Any writer on this stupid, futile, insanely crazy idea of a blog shall refrain from monkey poop jokes to the extent humanly possible unless it’s really funny”.
(OK, that WAS really funny but if we catch any grief for the Hekawii gag it’s yer ass.)
(Why Chuck and Teresa put up w/me is anyone’s guess but check out MameMagazine.com for more cool stuff if ya haven’t already. Thanks for hittin’ and readin’)
Had the following conversation with my 11 year-old daughter the other day as we were getting ready to head to the beach.
Erin “Daddy, do I need sun block in between my fingers?”
Me “No, sweetie. We’re not going TO the sun.”
A Pre Dinner Observation Made To My Wife:
Explaining to Diane why I’m less than thrilled with my new yellow Cape May t shirt.
“I have two problems with it. One, I can’t squeeze my giant head through the head hole. And two, when I have it on, I look like a big fat highlighter.”
Note from Jimmy: “Diane” is Chuck’s wife and yes, if ya painted his head yellow he would seem to be an oversized highlighter. Even tho I’ve told him to send stuff in (“SIZE 14 TIMES NEW ROMAN DAMMIT!)” , he defiantly insists on torturing me in the editing process. HO, HO, not this time mi amigo!
In reality, I’m always glad to post his thoughts insomuch as he makes feel normal by comparison.