I Really Have Disappeared
When Jed and I were in high school, I'd join a club or class and feel pretty successful, until the next semester, when Jed would join the same club or class. He'd add the class, as if he thought he might as well give this new thing a try, then he'd out-perform me every time. I joined choir. Jed did too. Pretty soon he was the handsome tenor with the main parts in the musicals . I joined journalism. Then Jed became the funny writer that used vocabulary I didn't understand. I ran for Student body secretary. Then Jed ran for (and ended up claiming) the office just ahead of mine, Student body VP (although to be clear, he didn't do anything during the year--he just looked good as VP). He even used to call me when he didn't get his reading done for English, I'd summarize the chapter for him, and the next day he'd do better on the quiz than I would.
I started a new job. I will ultimately work from home, but have had 5 weeks (and one to go!) of brutal training in Salt Lake City. Jed has taken over the house and kids while I've been gone. I was nervous to leave him with so much responsibility along with his regular work. After all, it's hard work to be a mom and keep up the house at the same time! I shouldn't have been surprised, but I still can't really help it, but when I stumble home in the early light of the morning, the house is super tidy, the kids went to bed without a fuss and the laundry is folded. Don't misunderstand me, I am absolutely grateful--just a little baffled. He has even learned to fix Hazel's hair, and is considering writing a "how-to" manual for dads left alone to fix their daughters' hair. He has a system down for laundry and dishes, and will redo them if you do it in a different way. And today, I came home and he'd convinced Julian to wear undies.
I don't know, the man seems to be able to do some pretty awesome things. But I still totally rule at Super Mario Brothers for the first NES. There is pretty much no comparison there.