Do you 'mommy'?
As I was reading various news headlines on the Internet, the title: "Do you mommy your husband?" pounced on me.
Do I mommy my husband? Ummm... Whom DON'T I "mommy"?
As a mother, I'm certain something rewired itself in my brain the moment I held my defenceless infant, and rather unexpectedly and suddenly, I was aware of hazards around me I had not before taken notice of.
For instance, before I became a mommy, I would open the bag in which the loaf of bread was, and take no real notice of where the plastic gadget, used to keep the bag closed, landed. After I became a mommy, the second I'd spot my husband with a piece of bread in hand, I'd be all, "Where's the plastic thing? Where did you put it?"
Looking haphazardly about him, he'd reply, "I don't know? Why?"
"Because that thing is a choking hazard. If the baby puts that in his mouth, he'll die!"
"The baby is not even able to hold his head up, I highly doubt he's going to drag his body over here by the toaster to put that plastic thing in his mouth."
Choking hazards are the least of the "mommying" issues. I've found myself approaching random strangers in Walmart, ready to warn them about the contents of their cart. Fortunately, I am able to stop myself right before I pull out a product, and with a finger wagging, advise them against items high in sodium.
I've walked side by side on icy, wintry pavement, with people I don't even know, and repeated, "Be careful, it's slippery... be careful, it's slippery..."
I've rolled down my window as my car was stopped at a pedestrian crossing and hung my head out of the window to yell, "Good for you for waiting until all the cars were stopped before crossing! Good job!"
So do I mommy my husband? Hmmm... Let's see:
Do I wake up before he does most days to ensure he hasn't slept through his alarm? Yes. I do.
Do I make sure he's taken his vitamins and packed a well-balanced lunch? Every day!
Do I ensure he has a dentist appointment booked? Twice yearly!
There are some limits to my "mommying" though...
...Like I draw the line at making sure he always has clean underwear in his drawers.
...But that's probably because he doesn't wear any.
...Which also concerns me, because what if he gets chafed down there?