Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Honey, I'm Home...

They say role reversal can pep up your marriage.  My husband is home this week chilling on the couch. I'm at work.

Okay, okay, I don't normally spend my days when he's not home on the couch in front of a roaring fire popping bon bons, but, you know, I sometimes get the feeling my husband thinks I do. I'm a writer. What else can I be doing for long stretches of time while he's off working?

Other writers know what goes on in the daily life of a lonesome wordsmith - a lot of quiet time, a lot of typing, lively conversations with imaginary friends, and sometimes, when the typing isn't happening, small sacrifices to the muse.

But husbands? Spouses? Significant others?

It's a big black box, surrounded by bon bons and free time.

Which is why it has been so cool having my husband home this week. For the first time, he's gotten a chance to see what I really do all day.

Granted, my monosyllabic responses--"write"--to this question over the years haven't been helpful. I guess I needed to show, not tell.

This week I've shown.

And he's watched.

Even listened when I ask him if I can read something out loud.

It's been fun. So much fun that I'm really going to miss him next week. It's neat having a pair of eager ears. And a lunch buddy. A friend. My best friend. 

It may not have been role reversal this week, but it has definitely added spark to our relationship. My husband "gets" what I do.



Keri Mikulski said...

Cute post.. :)

I love it when my hubby's home with me. :)

Stacy Nyikos said...

Yeah, it's been really neat. I'm going to miss him next week.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What a cool way to spend a week "Showing" your craft! I bet he also observed how your work gets interrupted by the managing of a household. Glad it was a good experience!

Pen Pen said...

U can write with him in the room?! WOwzers!! :) I have to be alone in a room. I've written with my boyfriend next to me before, but I get distracted when he moves, so I end up saying, "Freeze!" a lot-and he's left frozen in time while I finish my sentence. It's funny, but the whole thing is probably just my fault for being so easily distracted. :)
And- Ur hubs sounds like a keeper! YAY for soulmates!!! :)

Meg Wiviott said...

My husband was home for a week and I got NOTHING done. It wasn't was me. I'm like that when my kids are home, too. I'm afraid, holed up in my office, that I'll miss something fun!

Stacy Nyikos said...

Yeah, I was worried I'd miss something, but he skyped me often from the kitchen. Not too often, but often enough I was hardly out of the loop :-)