Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Week the Women Went...

..."It's a typical weekday morning...the kids are up and getting ready for school. Breakfast is on the table, Mom is making school lunches and Dad is at the table reading the newspaper and drinking his coffee"...

Sounds like a perfect morning doesn't it?

Imagine the same scene, only Mom has gone off on vacation to a luxury resort and now, Dad is in charge....do you think everything would be running as smoothly?...Maybe....but, again.....Maybe NOT!!!

That little experiment is exactly what happened when the Canadian Broadcasting Company filmed the reality show "The Week the Women Went". An entire town left with just the men to run everything from the businesses to the households.

I can't seem to find any episodes online - but I did see a teaser where the men were giving the children a bath by putting them on the trampoline, squirting it with dishwashing soap and turning the hose on them (sounds safe...huh?). I'm dying to see this show - although most of us Moms know pretty much how it turned out without even seeing it an actual episode.

Last week, in my house, we had our own little version of "The Week...", only it was only for a day...and I didn't go to a luxury resort. Instead I was in bed with some nasty sort of flu (yes, I did have a flu shot - but obviously it didn't work).

I started feeling badly on Tuesday - getting worse and worse as the day wore on. By evening, I was sporting a pretty impressive fever and felt generally awful. Morning came and when the alarm went of, as usual at 5:15am, I knew there was no way I was going to be able to function that day. I did, however, manage the 45 minute process of delivering the children to school, but I was down for the count when I returned home and slept almost all morning. Eric could not pick Collette up from school as it was her early dismissal day and he was still in school. 1:00pm came and I trudged out to pick up Collette - praying all the way there that I would make it home without passing out - and returned home as quickly as possible. I put on a movie for her and melted onto the couch. At 3:00pm, Eric arrived with Lauren in tow, but Eric had to go back to school as it was the night he teaches an enrichment class until 5:30. "Don't worry about getting dinner", he tells me - how kind... Luckily the girls were on their best behavior and Lauren fixed snacks for herself and Collette. I remained affixed to the couch, so sick I couldn't even open my eyes all afternoon. 6:00pm and Eric arrived home for the evening (here's where the "guy running the house" part comes in...) He arrived with McDonald's and fed the girls their low-fat, nutrient-rich healthy chicken nuggets, fries and cokes. Afterward, he told them to put on their pajamas and the three of them sat down in the living room to play the Wii for an hour until bedtime...

...No homework...No toothbrushing...No baths - just eat, change and Wii...hhhmmmm...

The next morning, I get up feeling only slightly better (my temp has gone down from 103 to 101 during the night) to find the kitchen table strewn with McDonald's bags and cup full of melted ice leaking all over the table...Would it have been too much to ask for them to have just thrown the trash away?? The sink is full of dishes, all the girls dirty clothes from the day before are in a pile in the hallway and I have to struggle to get Collette to do her homework so it won't be late...

So, I return to my daily duties...taking the kids to school, picking up the house, washing clothes. I feel terrible, but if I don't do it, it's obvious that no one else will...

As I'm going along, taking care of the things that need to be done, I can't help but wonder if all those Women in Canada came home to houses full of McDonald's bags, dirty dishes and Children that needed a good scrubbing down and a few fillings....

....Maybe the did - but I bet their husbands appreciated the things they usually take for granted...






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3 comments:

peapodsquadmom said...

Hey, I hope you feel better soon! And I know without a doubt that I would come home to take-out bags galore and piles of junk and un-bathed kiddos. Life. You know?

Military Mom said...

Its quite the opposite in my house, my hubby is the one who keeps things running smooth. When I have to leave to deploy or go on TDY, he does a great job! I guess we're the exception, not the rule though, huh? I think he actually dreads leaving ME in charge!

Anonymous said...

Episodes are online at:
www.cbc.ca/thewomenwent