Daily Archives: December 20, 2010

Dear Smoke Detector

I used to value you. Your presence, backed up with a battery that works and is changed regularly, helped me know that my family is safe. I trusted that you would let me know if G-d forbid there is smoke or a fire.

What I don’t understand is why you had to start singing right above my head as I was working this lunchtime. And so loudly! The nerve! There was no smoke, your battery wasn’t wearing down – maybe you were just having a sensitive moment? I do kind of understand, it IS Monday after all.

The KoD came down to see what was going on and he detached you from the ceiling, and carried you out into the fresh air in the garage so you could breathe in some decent air not polluted by our heating system. He’s a kind man, is our KoD!

Silence reigned for, ooh, about half an hour. Then I heard you yell from the garage – FIRE FIRE FIRE beep beep beep FIRE beep beep FIRE. Opened the garage door, and nope, no fire.

The KoD has now taken you away. I am sure he will treat you well – I wanted to grab my pink-handled hammer and smash your brains out but somehow, I refrained.

I just hope you get over your hypersensitivity and chill out a little bit so I can get some work done around here….

Signed

The woman whose ears are still ringing….

Sandy Beaches

We watched Couples Retreat on Saturday night. Basically the premise is that four couples go away to some secluded island to work on their marriages / relationships to make them stronger.

I don’t want to talk about the movie – so facile and fluffy. But I do want to talk about the location. I am not sure where they filmed it but I am definitely sure that I would love for the KoD and me to be on a plane right now headed for what looked like Paradise. Beautiful beaches, glistening deep blue sea….Sigh. We didn’t really have a honeymoon – the week after we got married we spent looking at schools for the boys here in Monsey. So romantic. Not. 🙂 Would love to fly to Hawaii for 2 weeks sun and sand and Harley riding… It is nice to dream, isn’t it?

So, here’s the question. I know many couples who do pick up and go away for a week for vacation without the children. How do people do it? Farm the kids out to friends / relatives for all of that time? I am thinking I might feel a little guilty at leaving the kids for more than a day or two. What do the children think about being left with friends while the parents swan off to relax and have fun and they are stuck with school and homework?

I am trying to remember the last time I took a real vacation that did not involve seeing relatives or attending family functions, a vacation that was just about ME and unwinding and relaxing. I am coming up empty. How often do you vacation? With or without the kids? Who watches them for you? Do YOU feel guilty leaving them?