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January 4, 2011

Ode to Neal

Filed under: Family, Motherhood, Personal — Tags: , , — llcall @ 4:00 pm

He’s got the heart of a champion.*  Seriously.

When I first started trying to convince him that we should cloth diaper, he said, “You can, but I’m not going to.”  But I was undaunted . . . and eventually, he said, “Okay, I’ll change a cloth diaper, but I won’t swish poop in the toilet.”  So I got the diaper sprayer, and he said, “Okay, I’ll change the diapers and spray them, but I won’t do the laundry.”  And I said fine and we started cloth diapering.

And that was our understanding for months.  Until one night I was very sick, and I begged him, pleaded with him to wash the cloth diapers, just that one time.  He did, of course, and over the next few weeks, he occasionally did the diaper laundry without me asking.  And then one day I noticed that he was washing the diapers every night, and I never was.  And so it’s remained for a few months now.  He sprays virtually ever poopy diaper, and he does the laundry in the evenings.

Of course, one of the things that’s really phenomenal about it is that he’s never once said to me, “I always wash the diapers now!”  or “You never do the diaper laundry.”  In fact, he’s never even mentioned it.  And I never have either because, I mean, who would want to mess with a good thing.

* Anybody else remember this episode of Homestar Runner?  Anybody else remember Homestar Runner.com?  We still quote this like it’s never going out of style!

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8 Comments »

  1. Yes! I recognized the quote even before I hit the asterisk because it is our favorite Homestar runner cartoon ever, and WE still quote from it all the time too! (“I’m going to be an NFL quarterback.” and “Little brudder” are two of the other lines from it we use all the time.) Once Katie is down for her nap, I’m going to watch it again and make sure we’re getting the quote right. 🙂

    Wow, go Neal. I have some neighbors in very sad situations in terms of their relationships with their husbands (gender/power issues), so it’s nice to know I’m not the only woman in the world married to a supportive, wonderful man!

    Comment by Vickie Blanchard — January 4, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

  2. Oh, I just watched it again. For the first time in probably 5 years. I laughed. so. hard. Thank you for posting the link and referring to it!

    Comment by Vickie Blanchard — January 4, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

  3. Hey, wait a second! Crap! I hadn’t even noticed I was washing the diapers until you mentioned it.

    Comment by neal — January 5, 2011 @ 3:43 am

  4. I love Homestarrunner.com! I haven’t watched it in years – I’m so glad you posted that link. My favorite are the Teen Girl Squad cartoons. “I love you too, Brett!”

    Comment by Kristin — January 6, 2011 @ 1:33 am

  5. Husbands like ours are few and far between. Yea Neal and yea us!

    Comment by Linsey — January 7, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

  6. Oh, your family makes me laugh so much! I love your stories! You certainly don’t want to mess with a good thing–and Neal is it!

    Comment by Meg Romney — January 8, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

  7. Did you ever think a poopy diaper would bring you closer to Neal? What a great guy!

    Comment by Nikki — January 12, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

  8. I totally remember HSR! Good times. I even watched the video again for fun!

    Comment by Andie Miller — January 20, 2011 @ 11:41 pm


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