Oct 28, 2010

Perfect Timing

Israel has perfect timing when it comes to helping out in the kitchen. Usually for a lunch get together I will be up very early starting things from scratch, from making a list to striking it off one by one as each item is finished.

I wouldn't have even thought of breakfast on that day. But when the crew descends downstairs they will want a breakfast. A quick fix of toast or bagel won't do that day - they want real Saturday morning breakfast. I should tell you Israel takes care of breakfast on weekdays, so weekend breakfast is my responsibility. OK, I'll switch to making some custom pancakes and what not all the while looking at the clock to make sure I am not too far behind.

My idea would be that if I feed this clan of mine some heavy breakfast then they would give me a hand with the errands. However one by one everyone will vanish into thin air, watching TV or back to bed while the poor me continues alone.

Around noon I would be done cooking, cleaning, setting, and would quickly sweep the kitchen table and floor.Oh yes, Israel would vacuum the other rooms and I would rush for a quick shower; and just when I come downstairs it would be time for the guest to arrive or one or two would have already arrived while I am gone, greeted by "poor" Israel who will be trying to finish up the vacuuming.

Just then the oven would be done and of course Israel helps with taking the trays out of the oven as I am afraid to do so. So, he puts his vacuum away, gets the mittens and pulls the trays out, spreads some coriander leaf decor already cut and kept aside and brings it to the table, which is also already set - yes, by me - who else?!

OK, we all have a good time, dessert is served, everyone is happy, all is well and suddenly a commotion breaks out among the guests. When you pay attention the husbands are feeling uncomfortable over some comments their respective wives are making. What is that? "Look at Israel, how much he helps around the kitchen!!"

For all they saw was Israel working, greeting, cleaning, taking the trays out of the oven,decorating it with final touch thus appearing as if he was cooking too and oh yes, he makes sure the kids eat. And what they saw of me was climbing down the stairs in fresh attire. I wasn't at the door to receive them, greet them, offer them anything hot or cold, didn't vacuum, didn't take the tray out of the oven and hence didn't cook or didn't even take care of the kids...

What say folks? Isn't it perfect timing?!

16 comments:

Bikramjit said...

Awwwwww nic timing for sure he helps you much more than u letting on. I dont believe it. He he he

A said...

Hahaha.........Israel sounds like someone I know so well...guess who

Hahaha :)

Hari K Gottipati said...

I am seeing myself in Israel :-)

dr.antony said...

Lucky you.Dont be jealous.Every one has his day.

Stranger said...

lol..Buddy, Poor you..what to do? smart guys and girls are like Isreal...

Dont worry, let him bask in the glory. It will motivate him to help at least at the last minute...

I am surprised at the perfect house wife you have turned out...Keep up the good work...

NRIGirl said...

Bikramjit! He does take care of all outside work like mowing, gardening etc and of course takes care of in house maintenance work like changing a bulb, battery etc.

But when it comes to kitchen assistance he has perfect timing. Very rarely he helps and surely someone will stop by that day seeing him at "work" catching me relaxing... Life is quite interesting.

~ NRIGirl

NRIGirl said...

@A & @Hari - that's interesting...

@Doc - Sure, will try not to.

@Stranger - I am no way close to "perfect". But I love to have company every now and then, so I invite friends and try to cook a decent meal and that's where this story is from.

As I said, Israel helps with taking care of the kids, breakfast, lunch packing etc - every single day which itself is a HUGE plus. Appreciate all he does to keep the balance at home...

~ NRIGirl

Black Walnut Pearl said...

Couldn't stop laughing!!! It sounds like true...as far I have seen.

A said...

It is 100% true. I have no doubt. I am laughing till now...I read it last night...even after 12 hours I am laughing.

NRI, this is your best post...:)))

I am surprised you are not able guess 'who is someone that I know is like Israel'.....make an attempt

NRIGirl said...

Y O U ! @A

A said...

You got it NRI GIRL. It is not just me....it is a common trait of all 'intelligent' men :)))

joejoseph said...

hahaha very nice

A said...

@NRIGirl,

I will take liberty to finish the story of rest of the day.

Your guests enjoyed delicious meals you prepared. Men talked politics and sports while women gathered in the kitchen and discussed kids. Your husband, a good host, entertained them well.

As soon as your guests left, you need to relax so you worked on your new blog post AND Israel CLEANED ALL DISHES, CLEANED, ORGANIZED, VACUUMED THE HOUSE AGAIN, THREW TRASH, LOADED DISH WASHER AND.....MADE SOME COFFEE FOR YOU.

Then Israel went out to work in yard. Mowed yard, removed weeds, cleaned drive way and then cleaned cars.....

By the time he was done, he was so tired and you finished a couple of posts...

DOES IT SOUND RIGHT?

NRIGirl said...

I wish it were true @A! I do the follow up cleaning also...

Mingled Minds said...

awwwww..... its k...u the real thing ..lolzz

nice blog here...

I said...

same in here too ..especially if in-laws are at your home when this happens, you should see their face glows with pride when guests say this.. they go yeah my son does most of the work around here.. oh boy fun :-)

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