Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My Husband Still Has a Job

James generally works very long hours. Well, according to my standards, he does. He's gone every morning before we get up, then four out of five nights, he's not home until 7:00-8:30 P.M. Yesterday, around 5:30, the front door opened and in walked James. I was totally shocked.

The last time he came in early without specific warning was about four years ago when he'd been laid off from his job. He couldn't warn me then because the layoff obviously wasn't planned, and his business-owned cell phone was confiscated at the door. This time, though, he could have picked up the phone to let me know he'd be in early. He didn't call, and I think he learned a lesson.

When the front door opened unexpectedly and I saw him, I queried, "James?" But before I could ask, "What are you doing here," I thought about our expenses and our insurance and this pregnancy and a job search in this ridiculous economy and was suddenly overwhelmed. He reminded me that yesterday was non-traditional. He had an awards ceremony downtown. He swore he told me he'd be coming home early.

I thought back: He told me had the ceremony. He told me he'd be downtown. He asked me to iron his shirt. He never told me he'd be home early.

I cried -- actually shed tears -- with relief that he still had a job. My response shocked him completely. He insisted his job is secure at this point and reminded me we'd be fine even with a layoff, but still, that's a stress I just can't imagine adding to our lives right now. I don't want to be that strong.

New rule: Come home late whenever and don't bother to call, but never, ever come home early without warning me first.


  • Randi

    I'm laughing at you a little bit but I also completely understand. It's news you never want but especially in this crazy, unpredictable economy. Glad everything's okay.

  • Jenny

    I'm laughing too, but feel the same way. It's always in the back of my mind. It just seems we know too many people are losing their jobs due to the economy. Hopefully James has learned his lesson!

  • Amanda

    It's funny now, but at the time, it wasn't a laughing matter. James was really shocked and probably thought I was a little bit crazy. He even asked, "Are you feeling really pregnant today?" Ahem. You think?

  • amy

    That's hilarious! I'm definitely more worried if Tommie comes home late without calling...

  • Amy

    You never know... these days I know so many people that are out of work. So glad that your fears were not confirmed and that your family has an income! ... and that your hormones are working! :)

  • Happy Mommy

    I would say that maybe your hormones are raging a bit...

  • Emily

    You know I often worried about something being wrong when Aaron would come home early. I still wonder what is up when he does. Glad he's still got a job and all is well.

  • Marissa

    I am so glad he still has a job. Crazy times. It's like a lottery, right? Also, sorry about Gigi. I will pray for your family.

  • Karen

    Oh my goodness Amanda - this post made me laugh!
    Years ago I came home from shopping to see my husbands car in the driveway and I just new he must have been laid off - unfortunately he had. So your fear was not unfounded at all.

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