Most everyone knows about Bruce Jenner's transformation to become Caitlyn Jenner. From Gold Medal decathalon winner in 1976 to 'Gender Bender Jenner' in April 2015 it was a journey not many will travel. Well my journey is not so drastic and seriously the closest thing I do to bring into question my 'man-card' is watching Downton Abbey with my wife.
In reality I am a stereotypical guy who loves sports, action movies, techie toys and I do not understand my wife's fondness for flowers and/or jewelry. But there was a time not so long ago when I cried out "I HAVE BECOME A WOMAN."
Let me explain.
I recently returned to the traditional workplace as a Customer Service Rep which includes my daily routine of rush hour commutes, but it was not so long ago life looked much different.
Around the year 2007 I had moved from White Collar America as a programmer/analyst to running a small business from the comfort of my home. I was the stay at home house husband while my wife would navigate the asphalt jungle as an elementary school teacher.
In these years working from home I would often would buy groceries, do laundry, pick up the house, and care of the dogs. It was a big job but someone had to do it, and was a real paradigm shift for my professional and home duties.
During this time in our lives I remember one day starting like most everyday. The alarm goes off, my wife Mary is out of bed getting ready for work, and I in turn head downstairs to start my morning routine. I let the dogs outside, start the coffee, get the morning paper, let the dogs back in and feed them. Soon my wife joins me downstairs, we drink coffee and read the paper together. A short while later Mary asks me to fix her lunch and then rushes upstairs to finish getting ready.
I answer "Yes mam." and head off to the fridge to pack my bride a delicious nutritious lunch. Mary returns downstairs, grabs her lunch, purse, and school bag and heads towards the door to start another day. Before she leaves I look directly in her eyes and leave her with these words.. "Honey, Call me later.. I miss you when I don't hear from you."
These words hang over my head like a cartoon bubble and then it hits me.. I HAVE JUST BECOME A WOMAN!! Some sorta modern/sensistive sorta a guy primed for a day of eating bon bons waiting to watch Oprah, or Ellen. *sigh*
While this did really happen I did not rush out and sign up for therapy, but I was funny in and ironic my choice of words considering my new station in life as 'house husband guy.'
Good news I am back to the traditional work place, and I still do miss my wife when I do not hear from her though I am careful to NEVER think out loud those words of infamy "Honey, Call me later.. I miss you when I don't hear from you."
May God bless each of you this day in great ways with nary a moment of 'GENDER CONFUSION'.
note: as you have noticed today's blog had nary of moment of spritual importance. :)
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson