Saturday, October 13, 2007

The "THINGS" You Do For Love!

I’ve always been a stay at home mom and now that the kids are gone a stay at home wife. I have enjoyed every minute of it and lavished in the luxuries; even though the luxuries included many hazards some being the little people that lived with me. Being shunned by our American society for choosing this option often toyed with my self-worth; but keeping my focus of the prize helped me to retain my goals.

Finding the time and energy to keep the fires of love stroked in our marriage was often a challenge. So I began do little things to get Daryl’s attention.

Daryl worked long hard hours as an A/C Journeyman and would often come home and retire to the bath where he would sleep for hours. Once I snuck into the bathroom and poured yellow cake coloring in his water. When he awoke some time later he called to me, “Monalea!” I took several deep breathes to try and stifle the smile on my face as I entered the bathroom. “Yes dear,” I responded with a half smirk on my face. “Monalea what did you do.” Amid peals of laughter I confessed. Dropping his head, he just shook it from side to side.

One morning as I prepared his lunch I left the cheese wrapper on his cheese. I knew he wouldn’t notice until he took a bite because he always ate his lunch in his work truck traveling from site to site. That afternoon I received a call from him. “Monalea, you forgot to take the wrapper off the cheese.” “No I didn’t” I replied. “You mean you left it on there on purpose?” Daryl asked surprised. “Why would you do that?” “Daryl I don’t want you to ever forget me.” “Believe me, I won’t” He said. Another time I left the rind on his bologna sandwich.

Late one night after getting the kids to bed, I slipped into the utility room and discarded all of my clothing and donned a trench coat. I slipped out the side door, went around to the front of the house and rang the door bell. As Daryl cautiously opened the front door I threw my coat open and yelled, “Surprise!” He grabbed my arm and yanked me through the front door “Are you crazy? Get in here!” I smiled…..He wouldn’t forget me!

Daryl came home a ‘little’ cranky one afternoon. He was changing his clothes and picked up a pair of shorts to change into. “Monalea, I asked you to sew the button on these shorts weeks ago and here they lay still without a button.” I gritted my teeth and smiled a crooked smile. I threaded the needle with pink thread and sewed on the button then proceeded to sew the fly closed on a pair of his underwear. I folded the underwear neatly and placed them back in the drawer, forgotten. A week passed and he went to the movies to see Hunt For Red October with a friend. After the 3 hour movie ended Daryl went to the men’s room. Much to his surprise he couldn’t get his fly opened. He tugged, pulled and finally a loud ‘rip’ was heard by everyone in the bathroom.

Proverbs 5:18 "May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth."


brian said...

apparently, being a stay at home mom also gave you plenty of time to think, plot, prepare


Monalea said...


Shhhhhhhhhhh, don't tell the stay-at-home mom's secret.


lisa said...

Monalea dear, you CRACK me up!!! Can't wait to try some of your ideas. (o;

amy said...

mom you are awsome!!!!

Monalea said...

Lisa, let me know how it goes.

Amy, right back at ya, sweety!

Monalea aka Mom

Cornelius Crew said...

What did Daryl do to get you back? Kent definitely would retaliate. How you had the energy to do all those things and be a stay at home mom is what surprises me... but it does keep things fun.
thanks for a laugh!


I guarentee that Daryl gets in to heaven scott-free, no matter what he's done here on earth, just for living with you.

Can't you see Daryl walking up to the gates where Peter stands with a book. "Name," Peter says.

"Daryl Micham," Daryl replies.

"Let me look it up and see if you are in here," Peter continues.

Then Peter's eyes get big around as saucers, "Oh, I've heard about you. You're the guy that the Lord says can have ANYTHING he wants up here. Come on in big guy. You deserve this place."

Peter ushers him in and askes, "Was it hard living with her?"

Daryl replies, "You have no idea, Peter."

Monalea said...

Cornelius Crew, Maybe I was running on black coffee. Daryl never has retaliate, don't know why not.

Trey, I love you conversation between Peter and Daryl! Excellent!


Anonymous said...

This is why we love you! You taught us how to keep everything in perspective -- and how to deal with them without getting put in jail! Ha!


Monalea said...


Oh the blackmail we could collect, you and I. We know so many stories on each other it's scary.

Love you 2-3-6


Anonymous said...

Guys, Monalea needed me, the Lord knew it. I am her blessing! Can you imagine what other men would have done? But I'll never try to best her...I'm afraid of what she'll come up with next...really!!!


Monalea said...

My dear precious Daryl,

God knew I needed you! You are one awesome husband whom I love!


Mommysmart said...

Oh, my goodness. My belly hurts from laughing. You just gave me LOTS of good ideas.

On another note, Rocky just asked me on Saturday where the scripture was about "the wife of your youth". I told him that I thought that he was making that one up. Obviously not, and how ironic that you used that scripture on your post. God must have just smiled down on all of us!

Mike M said...

Sorry I haven't been by here. I loved rediscovering your blog!!

David Kirk said...

You have way too much time on your hands.

Have a great day!

Monalea said...

Monica, I'm glad I made you laugh. Laughing is wonderful.

Mike, I had been wondering if you were still out there.

David, don't tell Daryl. He things I work, work, work!