"Lucky and the Shaky Day"
She pooped. She clutched at me with her pincer-like fingers, pleading for me to hold her at every second. The louder she cried, the louder my voice became. Please, clean out the dishwasher. Please stir the cheese sauce. Please make the cheese sauce.
In those early days of parenting, I turned passive-aggressive, angrily ignoring towers of dishes in the sink or laundry piles on the bathroom floor, treating him to increasing amounts of silence as days passed without him making a move to clear either and life with a baby created mountains more of each. What he heard was me closing a door, refusing to let him inside. But then the house would start to get messy again, and the cycle would repeat itself.
We talked. I screamed.
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It was through arguing that I learned that he wanted me to speak up more. Arguing not fighting was productive for us because we communicated, we used our words. The more I learned to spell out in words what I needed, the better he became at anticipating my needs. At 18 years, our marriage is still imperfect. I do some of the household chores, but when I work my second and sometimes third jobs, he does even more.
He is the baker of fragrant loaves of fresh bread on weekends and thick, homemade sauces on weeknights, the one who returns home from work late in the evening after trips to the grocery store and turns to the stove to prepare wholesome and sometimes not-so-wholesome meals for our family of three. Mom may spend the evening in her office, editing photos from a recent family portrait shoot one of those three jobs is as a photographer , while Dad runs a mop over the dining room floor and readies a lasagna for the oven.
Mom may rest on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, book in hand, exhausted after working five long days at her day job and then spending Saturday shooting a wedding, while Dad mows the backyard. She sees parents who have figured out an equitable rhythm.
I Got Lucky (song)
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