I stepped outside and felt the warmth of the sun as it swept across my face. I wandered to the end of the driveway, opened the wooden box and pulled out a pile of mail. Thumbing through it I looked for desirable material. Once again, I was greeted with Cabela's, Riflemen, and Bass Pro Shop magazines that never stop coming. Oh look, here's something addressed to me from the NRA. I don't remember joining the NRA.
As I re-enter my abode I place the stack atop the growing pile on the kitchen counter. I have been forbidden to throw them away.
From the kitchen I step into the family room where I stumble upon colorful piles of lego's, which had been abandoned, but am assured by the screams that echoed from above the culprit is not far away.
Walking up the stairs my eyes fall upon, a bionicle arm, a hot wheel car, and something that appears to have once been a transformer.
These subtle reminders of the male population that inhabits these walls are as unfailing as the assurance that the sun will set in the west. And yet, I remain a sane, content, and a mostly cheerful, wife and mother.
I have four males that have taken over my home. A home which I strive to keep as feminine as I can under the circumstances. Here are some ways I have subconsciously attempted to keep the masculine influence in my life at arms length.
1. I collect fine china
2. I love fresh flowers in the house
3. I read Jane Austen novels
4. I own a collie
5. I love tea parties
6. I have Sandra Kuck pictures hanging in my bedroom
7. I wear mostly feminine looking clothing
8. I light candles
9. I have had magazine subscriptions to, Martha Stewart Living, Victoria, and Better Homes and Gardens.
10. I married a man who hunts, races RC cars, tinkers in the basement with RC cars for hours, and participates in competitive shooting
Oh wait, that last one doesn't count does it?
It is remarkable how God made male and female so different, and yet, they can be so compatible. We compliment each other and show forth the diversity of our Maker.
So despite the fact that I don't always UNDERSTAND the male population of my home I do TRY to appreciate our differences.
...and PLEASE, don't forget to put the seat down!