I realize that I'm not like other humans in so many ways. I am quirky, close-minded on many subjects, innapropriate, and just plain weird. So, my thoughts on this may be be off base. But, here it goes:
My wife speaks to a lot of moms in at school. Many are very busy trying to keep things running at home and getting the kids to and from school and taking care of family matters. That is good. So far in my story, I appreciate the moms for that. But, there are a lot of Moms that can't wait to get their kids in school so that they can play all day. That's where my close-mindedness thoughts take over.
Let me tell you where I'm coming from. I think that my wife's drive and attitude about life spoils me. When the kids are in school, she either wants to work, volunteer, or meet with people to help them on life's tough road. She nevers sits down to relax and she is always trying to find a place to serve to make life better for others. I guess that's why I feel so fortunate to have her. I feed off of that and it makes me want to continue to look for ways to make life better for others and help wherever I can as well. For example, she spends Thursday at a local Homeless shelter serving lunch. I went along with her yesterday and enjoyed it so much that I'm going back every week that I can. When she's not doing something like that, she's looking for other places to help.
Fast forward to my point - She spoke to a Mom this week who said that she can't wait until all of her kids are in school so that she can play tennis all day. Holy Cow! That doesn't even compute in my tiny little peanut brain. Here I am living with a work machine that can't find time to paint her fingernails and there are stay at home moms out there whose only desire in life is to chase a tennis ball around all day. I realize that this is not an uncommon thought or desire for many "soccer moms", but it pains me to hear about it. Hey, if the husbands can afford to let their wives stay home - more power to them. That's a superdy-duper deal for the wives. I hope to be able to allow Cindy to stay home and not worry about helping out with bills. However, I have to wonder what the husbands think about their wives staying home and living such a pampered life all the time while they are at work all day paying for their "happy fun times". Are they bitter and resentful? Or, is that just expected. Don't get me wrong, I wished my wife would pamper herself more often. I'd like for her to go and have her nails done and shop for things that she wants not needs, but that is not in her to do that sort of thing. I'm just astounded that there is so much pain and suffering and poverty and injustice in this world and there are people out there who have time to play all day. How selfish does someone have to be? How self absorbed are these people that they won't get up and do something to help others. Hey, play tennis, go to the spa, take a trip to Canton. That is great! But, for gosh sakes, balance it out with a little outward care.
I realize that I live in a tiny little bubble and am very one-sided in this, but hey, it's my blog.
I now have to say that I was once one of the most selfish, inward thinking, non-caring bums in the world. I lived every moment for myself. But God had different plans for me and he put my wife in my life to help mold me into something different. I am not better than anyone else (probably worse than most). I don't want to paint a picture that I'm some fantastic man who is constantly giving and giving and trying to be "holier than thou". I am very selfish myself. But, I do see that life is more than sitting around letting life pass me by while I sit around and watch Sitcoms and Sports all day.
Here's a challenge - Go out and do something nice for somebody once a day. See how it makes them feel. Who knows, it may make you feel pretty good, too.