Friday, May 20, 2011
Doc Hubby is a hero (a hero minus a giant fish but still a hero). Doc Hubby agreed to take on 11 weeks of solo full-time childcare so I could come to one of the most beautiful spots on earth and act in one of the most beautiful plays ever written with one of the loveliest bunches of people ever. So there. Thank you Doc Hubby. My friends and family, rightfully so, are pretty amazed by him. Impressed by his generosity and patience. He deserves a medal.
Well, 9 weeks. They were here in the Bay Area for two weeks. Right at first preview and opening.
Well, 6 weeks. My mother did three weeks of childcare.
Well, we had a full-time babysitter for those 6 weeks. So Doc Hubby did weekends and early morning and bedtime. And of course, bore the primary responsibility for meals, discipline, and decision-making. He limited his workday to 9 - 5...for 35 days.
You know, come to think of it, remember last fall when I was doing the play in town? Yeah that was a 16 week commitment. We had babysitting while I was in rehearsal, but once the play was up and running (the final 3 months or so) I was home all day taking care of the Bean. And then I'd make dinner, and then Doc Hubby would get home and I would go and do the show. The show was nearly 3 hours long...a five hour commitment when all is said and done (warm up and wigs and getting laced into corsets take some time--not to mention getting out of them). Times 8 shows a week...that's 40 hours. I was working full time. And taking care of the Bean all day. Oh and remember the fall before when I did that other play? Pretty much the same thing. Only Bean wasn't in school so we really had every minute of every day together.
Doc Hubby definitely deserves a medal. He's been heroic.
I haven't had too much time to write lately. I'm working 40 hours a week. But here's my question.
Why is it that when Daddy does it, it's heroic and when Mama does it, it's just parenting?