Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Off To Burn My Bra...

I drop The Mayor and The Rooster off at daycare each morning and MORE THAN A YEAR AGO I developed a TECHNIQUE for my departure.

The Technique requires a series of hugs, kisses and big waves and, when performed correctly, The Technique ensures a smooth parental exit, free from toddler crying and whining.

I perform The Technique every day. (And then some.) (And then some more.)

Yesterday morning, as I was waving and moving towards the car and waving and backing up... I backed right into one of the teachers who was on her way in.

"You know," she said, "your husband did that same routine EVERY morning while you were out of town. He was SOOOOOOO cute."

Um... hello??!!

Am I not "sooooo cute" too?

Is it me or am I making seventy five cents for every dollar he makes doing the same work?

Dayum.


54 comments:

All Adither said...

Yeah, but everyone knows you do it better.

Angie
(www.AllAdither.com)

Theresa said...

How true!

Thank you so much for your well wishes. I can't believe I'm getting MARRIED!!!!

furiousBall said...

I say you do one of those PETA nude protests. I suggest that to any woman upset about anything.

Hydes Like Us said...

Well, then.

Listen-- I'm a little shy about this, you being you and all...but I have a silly little award at my site.

And I want you to have one.

-Hydes

Julie Pippert said...

You are TOTALLY getting 75 cents to his dollar, maybe less. I have ranted about this many times.

In fact, not too long ago I ranted about meets versus exceeds expectations and the disparity within for moms and dads. Moms care for kids = doing their job, dads care for kids = above and beyond call of duty. Some even call it *babysitting.* ARGH

LOL

And LOL, great technique. I have one too. Hugs, kisses, cuddles and sweet words then, oh wow, look at that toy...rapid exit. :)

Julie
Using My Words

Rima said...

I think you're pretty dayum cute. I mean, in a platonic bloggy kind of way, of course.

Diane said...

Darned if I'm not makin' a quarter.

Crap.

3carnations said...

We've got the routine, too. Some parents just come in, drop off, and leave. I don't know how they do that. I could never get away with it, and I wouldn't want to. We leave 10 minutes earlier than we have to everyday just so I have some time to play with my son there before I leave.

holly said...

we get money?

where are we supposed to pick up our money?

seriuosly, i haven't been getting any money.

i'm not kissing another owie until i see some cash.

carrie said...

Yeah, but YOU invented it.

Wendy said...

I hearya, sista. I love it when people come up to me, because they are so proud that my husband is taking care of both kids in a store about 10 feet away from me. Well, you know I do it every damn day and I deserve a little credit.

Maybe instead of wearing bras we get some cups.

CamiKaos said...

Oh that is just not right.

Damn and what not.

Of course you are just as cute (if not more so).

sigh. the injustice.

Biddy said...

you are freakin adorable...

unfortunately the guys get all the damn cute credits...what's up with that!? maybe because society just expects the mom to act like a dork? ugh

Mary Alice said...

Hum. Bra burning. My husband reminded me this morning that happiness is found within ourselves. He's totally right. 70 cents on the dollar. 84% of housework performed by women....and so on. Since he is right I'm not doing anything that doesn't bring me happiness. Like I'm not picking up the dry cleaning or doing the grocery shopping anymore. He is totally brilliant. And cute while he's being so brilliant. Yes. Happiness is within us. And when I let go of everything I have been stupidly been doing to help others be happy...I am going to be so cute, I'll GLOW.

Lisa Milton said...

This is right up there with "oh, it's so great that Greg will *babysit* when you go out, selfish woman".

{Alright, no one says SELFISH WOMAN out loud. It's implied.}

So, I'm right there with you: Burn, baby, burn.

Nancy said...

eh, maybe you need a second opinion... ask a male teacher ;)

Heather said...

And you came up with the technique, right? And trained your husband to do it properly? You're definitely under appreciated. Our routine is I stay for one minute and then one more bonus minute. Heaven forbid we're running late and he doesn't get his bonus minute. Melt down!

Jenifer said...

Dads = quasi celebrities whatever it is they are doing.

Kyla said...

Maybe it was just cute because he was trying to do it just like you. But I totally think you should be receiving a royalty check for those trademarked moves.

painted maypole said...

men do get all the credit. ack.

but it is cute that he would keep doing a routine that YOU made up in order to keep your kids happy. it's sweet, actually.

but you get TONS of cute credit for the hard work of DEVELOPING said routine

liv said...

i know. it's the same with the dads at our preschool. oy.

we_be_toys said...

Why is it that way; the guys are always cuter than us? Just not fair!

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

Hah. I'll bet that WAS so cute!

John's always ripping off my style, too. But you know, it's just because I'M SO GOOD.

It's cute when people imitate greatness, you know.

;-)

QT said...

Tell him he needs to compensate you in Park Ranger uniform-clothed hours...

Mad Hatter said...

Ya, it kills me that when we bust our asses at this parenting gig, we're called "mothers". When our husband's do it they're called "super cute, sensitive, and nurturing super heroes." So it goes.

Still my hooters like the bra. My back likes it even more. Sigh.

Em said...

Maybe she meant your hubby backed into her every morning!! We men will go a long way for a cheap thrill. LOL

Kimmylyn said...

Yep, my hubby is given awards for doing stuff every blue moon when I do the same stuff five times a day while folding laundry..

GRR.

Paige said...

Honey, I just spent the weekend with my mother in law. The mens automatically do it better, cuter, faster, whatever (even if we do it MORE or invented it to begin with, for God's sake). We're just...there.

Burn that bra!
P

Paige said...

Honey, I just spent the weekend with my mother in law. The mens automatically do it better, cuter, faster, whatever (even if we do it MORE or invented it to begin with, for God's sake). We're just...there.

Burn that bra!
P

psychicgeek.com said...

Oh, my dear, it's the way of the world. Forget burning the bra, that was all a crock so we could have a paid and an unpaid job, and the men get paid more and do less, but oh, no, I'm not bitter.

LSM said...

And do people constantly ask you when you have to travel for work, "Who's going to keep the kids while you're gone?" Uh, their father. To my knowledge he had never, not once been asked the same question.

flutter said...

You kill me

Amy said...

My guess is that was her way of saying, "He is so HOT!" Just a guess.

S said...

There needs to be a "dance off"! C'mon.....
dance off!
dance off!
dance off!
dance off!
dance off!
dance off!
dance off!
dance off!

ewe are here said...

heh heh

Men do get oohs and aahs for doing what we do every day at home or with the kids. Drives me a bit batty at times.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

we have a TECHNIQUE for pretty much everything. What stinks is how much trouble I get in if I deviate. WAY big trouble. I am sure you are cuter than your husband doing the technique.

OHmommy said...

Do you know that people actually OPEN THE DOOR for my husband when he is alone with all three kids?

And traffic stops, so that he can cross the street with three kids?

And that teachers smile and talk to him when he drops off at preschool?

Geez.... :)

yummysushipajamas said...

You are too funny...

Thanks for your comment on my blog today. Meant the world.

Omaha Mama said...

Maybe she pictures him in a park ranger uni too.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Bloody injustice.
Don't ever let him go there in his rangers suit.

Arwen said...

You are a better woman than me. I would have said something like 'Yeah, too bad about that STD' or something. Then I would have never told my husband so that when the teacher looked at him funny all the time he would think he had something in his teeth.
See, I am not a nice person.

Kimberly said...

Just goes to show how many crappy Dad's are out there! I'd give up my whole dollar for youe wonderful family!

Stimey said...

Oh, this is sooooo true.

jakelliesmom said...

I'm betting that you are adorable every single time. The cutest. A mom that leaves her children so well prepared for her exit that other mothers (and dads!) should take lessons.

Hate that kind of b.s., the basic expectations of moms and the associated lower dad standards. Ugh. People.

suchsimplepleasures said...

i guess that it's always cuter when the hubby does it...why is that?!ky

Deb said...

Oh, once again, society's low standards for fathers strike again. It doesn't matter that you can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan and never let them forget that you're a woman. If the man knows what a pan is, he's destined for "Father of the Year".

Moondance said...

Just don't take out that woman's sexism on hubby - 'cause I'll bet he actually was sooo cute.

Sandy C. said...

Men....so unoriginal! ;)

Aliki2006 said...

Somehow, and quite unfairly, the dads always get the props for things like that. Sheesh.

JCK said...

Burn a bra, send up a flare for womankind. Creating the technique earns you at LEAST a dollar on the dollar.

FunnyGal KAT said...

Was he wearing his park ranger uniform while dropping off the kids? Perhaps that explains it...

Beck said...

That drives me out of my tree when my husband gets lauded with compliments for doing EXACTLY THE SAME THING THAT I DO.
However, I'm not going to burn my bra, thank you. These puppies aren't going to support themselves, sadly.

mothergoosemouse said...

Yep. And I dig the unfairness of it all, but I console myself quite well in the knowledge that, like you, I've got one of those husbands who does what he does because he loves every minute of it, not because he thinks he's doing his wife a favor or making himself look good to others.

radical mama said...

Dads are always cuter as far as moms are concerned. We are just dorky.