One afternoon a man came home from work to find total mayhem in his house. His three children were outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall .. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she may be ill, or that something serious had happened.

He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, “What happened here today?”

She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world did I do today?”

“Yes” was his incredulous reply.

She answered, “Well, today I didn’t do it.”

-Author Unknown

19 Comments on Sometimes They Need Reminding.

  1. MamaLee
    November 17, 2007 at 8:15 am (10 years ago)

    LOVE this. It’s funny guys just don’t understand WHAT us mamas do most of the time. Like we have a magic wand and everything automatically takes care of itself.

  2. Amanda
    November 17, 2007 at 8:49 am (10 years ago)

    That is the funniest thing i have ever read.

  3. Nell
    November 17, 2007 at 9:49 am (10 years ago)

    I absolutely adore this!

  4. Bananas
    November 17, 2007 at 11:52 am (10 years ago)

    Awesome. LOVE it.

  5. cate
    November 17, 2007 at 3:19 pm (10 years ago)

    oh, that’s the BEST! i’m sending this to hubby right now! 😉

  6. Maddy
    November 17, 2007 at 4:41 pm (10 years ago)

    That is still one of my all time favourites.

  7. Natalie
    November 17, 2007 at 6:56 pm (10 years ago)

    Bwahahaha, love it.

  8. JamieE
    November 17, 2007 at 7:20 pm (10 years ago)

    I saw this a few years ago and loved it. Thanks for the laugh!

  9. becky
    November 17, 2007 at 7:44 pm (10 years ago)

    LOL really i am laughing out loud! Its so true that our men never know what we do all day unless we stop doing it! Thanks for the laugh!

  10. Karen C.
    November 17, 2007 at 10:21 pm (10 years ago)

    I’ve heard this before, but am glad to see it again. It makes me laugh every time. So true!!!

  11. Beckie
    November 19, 2007 at 8:09 am (10 years ago)

    Definitely one of my favorites, and SOOO true. Men just don’t realize that if, when they return, the house is standing and our child(ren) are alive and ok, that we have worked too that day.

  12. Jill
    November 19, 2007 at 10:20 pm (10 years ago)

    LOVE IT ! I tell my husband all the time…”If what I do isn’t work-then why don’t YOU do it on weekends!”

  13. melissa
    November 20, 2007 at 9:46 am (10 years ago)

    omg…someone has been spying on me!

  14. themommykelly
    November 20, 2007 at 7:00 pm (10 years ago)

    I love that. OK, you have totally earned a post… going to do it now!

  15. Mimipz5wjj
    November 26, 2007 at 7:10 pm (10 years ago)

    I love this! I got it in my email about a year ago and thought it was the best thing EVER!

    Thanks for sharing again!

  16. JHS
    December 2, 2007 at 1:03 am (10 years ago)

    Thanks for participating in the December 3, 2007, edition of the Carnival of Family Life, hosted at!

  17. Rob at Kintropy
    December 9, 2007 at 12:24 pm (10 years ago)

    Really funny – thanks for sharing this story/anecdote. I’ll carefully hide it from my wife 😉


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