Now that I am a real, full-time employed person, I understand completely why the first thing my dad does when he gets home from work is untuck his shirt. Because I now do the exact same thing.
It’s funny, because I was never really aware that that was a habitual thing for my father until I found myself doing it subconsciously as soon as I started a real job.
Can I just say….work is exhausting!
I also understand why it would be so amazing to come home from a hard day’s work and find dinner on the table. Happy children and a clean environment also seem appealing–which is why I now understand why my mom made sure we were behaving around the hour my dad’s return from work was expected.
Coming home from work now, throwing something together that is healthy and somewhat appetizing in just a few minutes (due to being both famished and exhausted), is the most anyone can ask of me. It is often followed by half an hour to an hour of television, and then catching up on my social life before I collapse in bed.
I have also gained an appreciation for:
-the convenience of online shopping
-the beauty of frozen fish that cooks in minutes in a pan with butter and salt and happens to be delicious
-being able to go to bed early
-having any extra time in the morning
-cultures that encourage rest in the work day (whhhy America, whyyyy???)
All of this, of course, leads up to the very obvious statement: I CANNOT WAIT TO GET MARRIED. Coming home from work to someone I love, making dinner for/with said person…not doing things alone and purely for my own survival. It sounds heavenly.
All of this also begs the question: HOW DO WOMEN WITH KIDS DO IT???? I am just one person and I seem to be all I can handle. I keep reminding myself I have it easy.
Working is great experience, and I enjoy my job. And working and living in the nation’s capital is an experience I wouldn’t give up for anything. Buuuuut…I am looking forward to the future. If we are being honest here. Which we are.
Future post topic: How my views on family life have changed (or rather, have become concentrated and amplified).
I am an Oklahoma girl at heart.
Thanks for reading.
Above: a prime example of quick and easy- wine and Trader Joe’s sweet potato gnocchi (also delicious, I might add, if not purely convenient)