The dog was good with the kids but the kids weren’t good with the dog. They would stomp on the dog’s tail when it was sleeping, light an ear on fire, along these lines. It was a problem.

As the so-called man of the house it was on me to straighten everything out.

So I sat everyone down after dinner. The wife had made pot roast, with all of the trimmings, but otherwise wanted to be left out of it. She said she didn’t have the heart or the stomach to do what needed doing. She said these organs are essential for this sort of thing.

I told her I understood. I suggested she go upstairs, take a bath.

After, when everything was straightened out, I helped the wife clean up the kitchen. I didn’t know where certain things belonged, oven mitts, pot holders, cutlery, but she directed me each time to this cabinet or that cabinet, the top drawer or middle one and even the cubby-hole under the sink, which I’d thought was only for recycling.

 

 


Robert Lopez is the author of five books, most recently, Good People and All Back Full.