leaving on a jet plane

Posted on: 15 March 2010

My mother-in-law is catching a red-eye flight to Taiwan tonight. She could be away for as long as a year.

There are many things I admire and respect about Kevin’s mother. Her story hasn’t been a particularly easy or happy one. But she’s raised three responsible, conscientious children. She’s also an excellent cook and keeps the house in a constant state of spotlessness.

Sure, I vacuum and wash dishes and do laundry, but she’s the one who really keeps the place running. And feeds us. I’ve probably been thoroughly spoiled.

Which is why her absence may just be the best thing to happen to me since I married Kevin, in terms of my personal growth. It’s about ownership, I think. Not that this house will ever really feel like mine, but as long as someone else has everything taken care of, I’ll never get around to learning the ropes of – dare I say it – homemaking? Especially now that I’m kind of back in school.

Anyway, we’ll see how this goes. There are still five people living here, after all.


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