7-1-2001....marks the first day of the diaper era. I am unsure when this era will end....but am hoping for 2012. During this era, Mr. Diaper Genie has been a fixture in our home. Mr. Diaper Genie has seen LOTS of poo and pee-pee filled diapers. Here I refer to him as Mr. Diaper Genie because he commands respect. If you contained diapers day in and day out until you should command respect too.
Recently, I saw the hubby walked a poo filled diaper out of the nursery, away from Mr. Diaper Genie, to grab a bag and go to the garbage can. I asked myself, "Why isn't he using Mr. Diaper Genie?" hmmm....
It was a few days later that Mr. Diaper Genie needed to be emptied out. And so I asked hubby to do it, in part because he hadn't changed a nasty diaper in a while and I felt it was "the least" he could do (I am aware of the passive aggressive nature of this). So, when I got that doubtful "sure I can" look from him, a bolt of shock ran through my body! I came into the sudden realization that hubby didn't dislike using the convenient Mr. Diaper Genie. No. He just didn't know how to use him....after almost 10 years! Then second shock wave. Hubby had NEVER....that's right.....NEVER changed Mr. Diaper Genie. Oh my goodness, how did this happen?!!! He didn't know how to empty him and reinsert the lining after almost 10 years of Mr. Diaper Genie gracefully containing poo in our home! seriously? How had I not noticed this until now? (classic denial.)
My immediate response, while not the best for a relationship, was (surprise, surprise) confrontation.
Me, "You don't know how to change the Diaper Genie. Do. You." not a question. a statement
Hubby, "I am sure I could".
Me, "So, your telling me you NEVER have?"
Hubby, "I don't think so".
Me (in my head...."how is this possible" What the %*&%?) and then out loud "WHAT!"
Then I went on to challenge him to figure out how to change Mr. Diaper Genie. Yes, I did.
I did this because I was ticked off. I did this because I have had my own share of conflict with Mr. Diaper Genie over the years. Sometimes he is just difficult, but somehow I always get him to work and hold the poo. But somehow, I was convinced that my highly-intelligent husband, whom everyday saves lives performing surgeries and heals patients, would be unable to solve the puzzle of the Mr. Diaper Genie.
I doubt, that you are surprised to learn that hubby never went in to the nursery and tackled the puzzle that is Mr. Diaper Genie. Because of course, I ended up being the one to stuff the very last diaper in.
I am not trying to start something here or be passive aggressive. I have decided to drop the diaper genie debate (if it is even a debate) and accept the situation for what it is. The realization that at times we have incredibly traditional roles. It hurt a little even though this is the life we have both created by choice. Somehow, I felt alone in my solo relationship with Mr. Diaper Genie.
Hubby (probably, I hope) can't work Mr. Diaper Genie.....and to be honest, when I think about it there is plenty that I don't or can't "do" that is in his "domain". Mr. John Deere, his beloved lawn tractor, is a perfect example (as much as I hate to admit it). Although, I am sure I could mow the lawn, plow the snow with Mr. John Deere, if I really WANTED to and HAD to. That is the kicker.....he doesn't want to and hasn't HAD to work with Mr. Diaper Genie because I am here doing it. I do want to be the one here doing all these things, but I can now say that I am officially ready to say good-bye to diapers, my relationship with Mr. Diaper Genie and the era of the diaper.
Who knows, maybe this summer I will surprise Andy and he will come home to a beautifully manicured lawn courtesy of me. Just have to get a private lesson on how to drive the tractor.
But really, what would that prove? That I want to do more work around here? no, no, and no.