I’m a full-time web and graphic designer working out of my home right now, so I’m privy to a lot more of the daily household goings-on than I used to be.
In Rose Creek Village the normal living situation is 2–3 families to a home, and ours is no different. We have 6 adults and 8 kids in our household. As you can imagine, this can make normal household happenings colorful and interesting, and can ease the load, and complicate, a home maker’s every day tasks.
One of the weekly jobs the ladies divvy up and work together on is grocery shopping. When you’re getting food for a household of this many people, the amount of food you need weekly is phenomenal. Fortunately the surrounding grocery stores are all used to being overrun by village ladies on Thursdays or Fridays shopping for small armies by now after experiencing it for the last decade or so, but I imagine that if our household were to go shop at an unfamiliar store, they’d be like, “Ah, family reunion, right? No? Oh, ok, just stocking up, then? You do know that Y2K passed and nothing happened, right…?”
This week there was apparently a discrepancy in the grocery funds, due to us having to juggle some portions coming out of cash, some on cards, etc. Ari and Alaina asked me for help to figure the situation out.
“Sure,” I said, and they launched into the explanation of the situation. We had covered grocery money for one of the other ladies, that needed to be paid back next week, and there were a couple of interesting twists in the scenario which made it seem more than a 1+2=3 type problem.
Did you know that men and women think differently?
They do, just in case you didn’t.
After the initial explanation, I thought, “Ok, I’ve got this, this is easy.” And proceeded to explain the answer.
“Huh?” They were confused. We discussed it, with me trying to explain in a different way.
It quickly became apparent that I was the one who was confused about what was going on.
So Alaina explained the situation to me again.
“Oh, ok,” I said. “I see what the problem is. All you’ve gotta do is…” and outlined the revised version of my answer.
“Huh? No, that’s not right!”
They explained again. And again.
I just gave up, and let them dicker it out. I wasn’t annoyed, I was just finding it really humorous at this point. I kept on with the task I had been working on, and enjoyed the rucus.
Finally, Ari and Lain got it all worked out, and I could tell they were satisfied with their solution.
“Ok, now we just need to tell Jerusha.”
Whew I thought.
Right about then, Jerusha walked into the room.
“I’ve got it all figured out!” She announced, and launched into an explanation that was a lot different then the one the other two ladies had labored over.
I busted out laughing.
Ari and Alaina groaned. Then they all started over.
It’s funny, but the most commonly used phrase in the conversation was, “No, no, it’s easy! Listen…”
Corporate life is wonderful. Really.