So, I’m buzzing around the house Saturday morning doing some pre-winter chores before our trip to WalMart. I have everything removed from the pantry in preparation for cleaning it and putting in new shelf paper. I have a load of laundry in the washer and one in the dryer. I have the breakfast dishes soaking in the sink. I’m trying to decide whether to move the couch (away from the heater we’ll soon be using) or remove the evaporative cooler from the window. Gary is shaving and just needs about ten more minutes before I can have the shower, so I decide to start pulling winter clothes out of the closet storage bins so I can wash them later.
I have my head in the closet and Gary comes into the room and asks a question only a man can ask- “Why don’t you just work on one project at a time?” Why don’t I WHAT?
Is he insane? If women only worked on one project at a time, the world as we know it would cease to exist! Women invented multi-tasking! I can remember my mom holding a baby, cooking dinner, and folding clothes- all at the same time. If I’m not working on two or three things at one time, I’m at least thinking about three other things that I will be doing soon. Gary can spend three hours shopping online for a single item!
I told a friend’s husband this story and he said men can only focus on one thing at a time. They’re different. So true. They have tunnel vision. It isn’t that they don’t want to take out the trash, mow the lawn, or do the laundry. It’s just that they can’t do those things if there is anything else going on in their world.
Girls are trained at an early age to multi-task. Teenage girls can talk on the phone, do their nails, and read a book at the same time. Teenage boys can play a video game, but please don’t bother them while they are playing it. It disrupts their concentration!
It’s probably our own fault that men are the way they are. While we are busy doing ten tasks we usually give them one to accomplish. And sometimes we apologize for asking them to do that! It all stems from the June Cleaver days when men went to work and women did everything else. Now women go to work AND do everything else. What are we thinking??
Well, I have to go now. I have laundry in the washer and I’m sorting photos and doing some filing. Time to start dinner and put some chicken in the oven. Gary is watching a movie! Maybe I can ask him to fold towels while he watches.