Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Leisure -- Is It A Woman vs Man Thing?

I started thinking about leisure in the context of men and women yesterday, and couldn't decide if it is easier for men to take leisure time or for women?  Not in my family -- my Bob seldom takes a moment of what I would term leisure...he always has some sort of iron in the fire, and is either doing something around the house or at his desk.  The only TV he watches is the news -- and the only two TV programs we watch if we don't go to church on Sunday night is 60 Minutes and the Amazing Race. 

Think about those a minute.  What does it say about our ability to just kick back?  Both are competetive....

But I had to Google and find this which I think may say it all:

I'M GOING TO BED.....Men vs Women

Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, "I'm tired, and it's getting late. I think I'll go to bed".

She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar

Container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning.

She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer , ironed a shirt and secured a loose button.

She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer.

She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry.

She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk, wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a text book out from hiding under the chair

She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store.. She put both near her purse.

Mom then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her Night solution & age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her nails..

Dad called out, "I thought you were going to bed."

"I'm on my way," she said

She put some water into the dog's dish then made sure the doors were locked and the patio light was on.

She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their bedside lamps and TV's, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one up still doing homework.

In her own room, she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her 6 most important things to do list. She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment of her goals.

About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular. "I'm going to bed"

And he did..without another thought.
****************************Thanks to Rome NewsWire Forum*************************


  1. Oh, my! Jan, how did you come across this bit of information about Rosie and me? Your folks knew that the family was corrupted when I came along and thought that a cabin in the woods in the hills of Pennsylvania was there for the purpose of kicking back, relaxing, and playing cards! ;+)

  2. How did I know my dad would be the one to leave a comment on this post! He seems to love this kind of male/female distinction. It is pretty funny, I must confess! But humor aside, your thoughts have generated interesting conversation in our home. Thanks for opening up this topic. I'm enjoying exploring it with you.

    Where do you stand now?