I am taking a few days off from work right now. It’s a use ‘em or loose ‘em sort of thing. So I am not really going on vacation, sight seeing, or other wise spending my forced “take them now” vacation days wisely. To do what I would want to do with my vacation time, it would take money. But it has given me a little more leisure time to relax and ponder the realities which make up my life. Yesterday, I got a glimpse into my “Beautiful Wife’s” realities. She took the 100 mile drive to Gary’s doctor appointment with him, and I got to pinch hit for her as a school teacher.
For the most part, my three children (who are homeschooled) were nice to me and did everything they should. Most of that would have happened whether I was there or not. They are very well trained by their “Beautiful Teacher/Momma.” But my youngest, (I call her “Baby Bug”) is first grade age (doing second grade work) and does need lot’s of one on one for her math and reading. In the process of teaching Baby Bug, I learned a little more about my Beautiful Wife’s daily life.
I am not over worked right now, and since it was a vacation day from work, I even slept in a little longer, and didn’t do much when I did get up. But after my Beautiful Wife left, and I found my self teaching 2nd grade math and reading, lazy drowses set in and I had to fight to stay awake in the slow paced tutoring. It left me wondering, how does my Beautiful Wife routinely work all night, and then come home and run the house for a large family, teach homeschool, and pursue her own dreams like she does. I know that she has just decided she needs to “do it all.” Because if she doesn’t, the part she misses out on are her own dreams.
My Beautiful Wife stayed up in Provo and Gary came home to trade places with me. The Vacation Part of my vacation day was taking my Beautiful Wife around the city she wants to live in, looking at neighborhoods and houses, furniture and electronics, and the other things that would make this particular dream a reality for her.
Thanks to a Christmas present, which we were slow to cash in; dinner and a movie capped our night, compliments of our daughter Jessica and her husband Bryan. All in all, it was a very nice day with my Beautiful Wife, spent dreaming of our future.
Twenty-five years ago, our dreams together were centered on a life together and having a family together. Those dreams are wonderful realities. So there is room to expand our dreams. But today reality sets in as I look at next week’s family calendar, and I see 5 of our children with orthodontic appointments all on the same day. I guess some dreams (involving money) are still a few years away.