Putting the kids to bed is admittedly easier than it used to be now that our youngest can dress herself, sorta. (We still mostly believe that wearing Dora underwear on your head is super-funny) Still, if you have children or have observed “bedtime with kids” from a reasonably close distance you know that this is not for the faint of heart. (or maybe it’s just my kids that are trouble) A few nights ago I found myself bathing uncooperative girls (meaning I got wetter than they did), reading books about princesses, and singing “Goodnight Sweetheart” to a toy sheep. In and of themselves, none of these are real burdens and I’ll probably miss it all someday. Still, after 3 of the four kids had melted down and were throwing small, but deadly, objects at my head I walked away. My wife asked me where I was going and all I could spit out was,
“I’m going to do guy stuff.”
Not sure why that was the reaction, but it came out. Let’s be clear, by most reasonable definitions of “guy stuff” I don’t do much. I remember a Jan 5th night a few years ago where, after saying our bedtime prayer, I opened my eyes and realized that I HADN’T WATCHED A SINGLE COLLEGE BOWL GAME. Wow, kinda crazy how life changes things. Here are a few of the “guy” activities I very occasionally do:
- Chopping wood – never felt more “guy-like”
- Playing basketball – this is fun, but inevitably depressing since my skilz here peaked well over a decade ago…
- Watch TV Sports, but never live, that takes too much time. I DVR so I can skip commercials. Also I usually have to turn down the volume so low that I sit 6 inches from the screen to hear (kids are “sleeping”)
- Loud rock/rap music – I’ve corrupted the kiddos with this one. (i’m good with that) But the volume is a constant battle with the Mrs. HTF. I don’t need to tell you who wins…
So I’ve been racking my brain for what kind of “guy stuff” I’d do given the time . . . and I’m coming up emptier than I’m comfortable admitting. Since most of you readers are very much not guys, I’m not sure how much you can help, but do you have any suggestions?