Saturday, September 28, 2013

Business Trips for Mothers: Really?



By: Annie Chamovitz

From: The Cumberland Creek Mystery Series
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Book 2 Title: Scrapped

So I’ve found that business trips take on a whole new meaning when you’re a woman and have a family. There’s not just the childcare issue, there is also the issue of what will I find when I get home and how many days will it take for me to get things back in order. So, when I got back from a writer’s conference a few days ago, I found several rolls of toilet paper opened and on the toilet, sink, floor, and so on. Which just proves that nobody in my house has yet learned how to replace toilet paper on the dispenser. Including my forty-year-old husband.
They also have not learned how to rinse dishes and place them in the dishwasher, evidently. To top it all off, there was NO evidence of real groceries in the house. There were empty pizza boxes, half eaten bags of chips and pretzela, and so on, even though I had left several meals for them to heat up—including spaghetti with my famous sauce.
“Mike, did you not cook anything I left you at all?” I asked him.
“No, the boys didn’t want it. They wanted pizza,” he said.
Of course they wanted pizza, I wanted to say. But I bit my lip. What a sucker my husband is!
All of the years of trying to provide a foundation of good eating habits were shot from my being gone for just two days.
Trying to get the house back on track has taken most of my time since I’ve been home. I’d love to be touching base with the other writers and editors I met last week, but I’m too busy trying to figure out where we are in the laundry cycle, homework checklists, and grocery shopping. I loved catching up with my writing friends and I learned so much. But sometimes, I have to wonder if going away is worth the hassle when I return. Am I the only one who has had this experience?

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5 comments:

  1. i AM NOT A WRITER, BUT ANY MOTHER WHO GOES AWAY FOR 2 OR 3 DAYS COME HOME TO THE HOUSE UP SIDE DOWN. hUSBANDS JUST DON'T NO WHAT TO DO.

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  2. As a mom, I totally understand this!

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  3. So I’ve found that business trips take on a whole new meaning when you’re a woman and have a family. There’s not just the childcare issue, there is also the issue of what will I find when I get home and how many days will it take for me to get things back in order. business

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  4. Thanks for your comments! We will muddle through, won't we?

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  5. Lol Mollie, that is horrible. I am very thankful I have only a boyfriend who does know how to take care of himself (and me occasionally). But yes, being a good mother is a fulltime job, so time of does not apply. Still, you should make them do some of the cleaning up for sure, and do the groceries while you make the list.
    p.s. comment nr 3 is a very evil kind of spam and you should delete it from the site.

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