Sunday, January 2, 2011

WWTD

I de-Christmased the house today, all except getting the tree out. After I put Sarah to bed, I stayed upstairs for a while, continuing my not-a-resolution (master bedroom: DONE. YES).

When I came downstairs, all that was left of the tree was a drift of dried needles. And when I turned around, there stood Tom with the vacuum cleaner. I quite literally could not believe my eyes. After I regained my ability to speak and thanked and praised him for taking the tree out -- without being asked! and remembering to shake out the sheet underneath of its load of needles! outside! without being asked! and putting that sheet in the laundry room! without being asked! -- he said (and I swear to you this is an exact quote) he said, "I actually thought to myself, 'What would Tia do?'"

We've been together nine years, Tom and I. I don't believe I've ever been prouder.

11 comments:

Grace said...

Awwww. You both rock!

Tom said...

I'm a big believer in lowering expectations:)

gourmetmom said...

WOW in 20 years I have been unable to get my hubby to utter those words! WTG Tom! Yeah for another room off the checklist!

Micmacker said...

I think Tom needs a new bumper sticker.

Kevin said...

I feel like I'm being baited, but I'll say it anyway. After 9 years this is your proudest moment!!! Hey Tom...what about the three novels you've published? What about the college institution of higher learning you're responsible for creating and operating? You take 30 seconds of your time to take out the Xmas tree and you're an f'n Hero! Like you said..."Keep expectations low!!" Someday I'll learn that lesson

Sue said...

Kevin--I believe that Tia was being funny. I can't come up with the right funny word--sardonic, perhaps--but I don't think she was actually saying this was her proudest moment. It was a marital tease.

tia said...

Kevin, you know perfectly well I think Tom's professional accomplishments are amazing. And he cooks a mean dinner (every night!). But when it comes to housework? Well, let's put it this way: a failing student gets loads of praise for pulling his grades up to a C.

tom said...

Thanks for getting my back, Kevin. Much appreciated.

Kevin said...

No problem Tom! I appreciate you! Apparently Sue didn't sense my sardonic tone!

Cindy said...

Rock on Tia! What color are the bracelets going to be? :)

AG Ambroult said...

WWTD. I love it.

(almost as much as the above banter between kevin and tom )