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Monday, February 06, 2006

Mr. Mom

Well, Mrs. Balabusta has finally left me. She's off in Dallas or Plano or somewhere where it's not 17 degrees outside. Off on a business trip. So she says. Left me alone with my remaining children. Three at last count. I'm managing just fine, like the last time she left me. Of course, it's times like this that I remember why it was that we decided to move to Wisconsin in the first place. Because of my wonderful Mother-in-Law, who came over at 6:50 am to make sure the kids got off to school while I went to make rounds, and was here at 3:30 to make sure they got into the house and made dinner for them. And that was besides working her own job at the hospital.

So I'm otherwise alone, trying to keep it all together. Mostly succeeding. I tried to hook Mrs. B up with my blogging friend Stacey, but it didn't work out. Besides, Mrs. B is a big girl and she can take care of herself. And she has her own friends; she doesn't need to borrow my blogging friends.

Actually it's probably better that she didn't get together with Stacey or Mirty or whomever else is down there. I could only imagine that conversation:

Stacey: Wow, it's so cool to finally meet you!

Mrs. B: ...It is? What do you mean by that?

Stacey: I feel like I know your husband so well from his blog. It's like we're old friends! He's such an interesting guy!

Mrs. B: ...Are you talking about my husband? You mean Mark?

Stacey: Mark? Oh right, yeah, I keep thinking of him as PT. He's very funny.

Mrs. B: Yeah, but looks aren't everything.

Stacey: Uh..yeah...well I mean, he's a doctor, and a great musician...

Mrs. B: snort

Stacey: ...and what a wonderful father he is!

Mrs. B: Man, has he got you snowed.

Stacey: I read that post he wrote about the day you met. He must be so romantic.

Mrs. B: Yes, I find a guy who spends half the night in the bathroom and the other half the night staring at his XBOX to be very romantic.

Stacey: ...

Mrs. B: Well this is getting quite awkward.

So...um...I guess it's all for the best. Hurry back, dearest.


Irina Tsukerman said...


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Jack's Shack said...

That is our Shmata Queen.

Kiwi the Geek said...

Now I'm confused. From your recent post on OKS, I thought all but The PT and Iguana were away at school. Now Curly appears to be home.

My sympathies in your tribulations.

Essie said...

LOL3! I'm sure you'll do just fine while your beloved is away.

Mirty said...

She's in Dallas? Hold on, I'm gonna drive up there! (It's only 222 miles.)

ASCII art is very challenging, but I do my best. Not an elephant?

I need a different font...

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Doctor Bean said...

Oooh. Crushed elephant. Not pretty.

I just had a great idea. Have you considered moving somewhere warm WITH your in-laws? I know it's crazy but that's also what they said the day I went to work in my underwear.

PsychoToddler said...

Kiwi: Curly was in Sunday school that morning.

Jack: I'd like to think she would stick up for me, but she'd probably have more fun trashing me too.

Mirty: 222 miles? A ruble's throw! OK, that looks kinda like an elephant.

Eshet Chayil said...

lol that was cute.

Stacey said...

I cannot stop giggling. How funny!

Did Mrs. B. have a good time in Dallas? I emailed her last week before she came down with some links and info, but I never heard back from her.

Hope she had a good time.

Sweettooth120 said...

That was really cute.

Hope you treat your MIL to a day at the spa.

Doctor Bean said...

Sweettooth120: What do you mean? The spa is frozen.

Shira Salamone said...

Ms. Tech-Challenged here creates a link to this post, and it refuses to appear on your blog over six hours later. Apparently, my *brains* are frozen. Oh, well. It's a good thing that you have Savta on board to help ensure your family's "survival." :) Hope your wife enjoys/enjoyed her "great escape." :)

Mrs. Balabusta said...

Okay - I was barely gone 32 hours. I left Sunday around 5 and came back Tuesday at 3.

Dallas, although it was 75 when we landed, was more like in the 40s most of the time I was there, and very windy. Also there was some kind of Fire Advisory (we don't have those in Wisconsin).

My mother took off work to get the kids off in the morning, but she still went to work at 10. Also, she would not know what to do at a spa, and if you told her, she would not believe you.

Furthermore, I was in meetings after meetings followed by a very long dinner. I will blog on that on the Mrs. Balabusta site later.

I have never heard him call me dearest before.

Kiwi the Geek said...

Okay, somebody's gonna hafta explain to me why a Jew goes to Sunday School. Wouldn't it be Saturday School, or Shabbat School?

PsychoToddler said...

Um...Hellooo....maybe because the school is on Sunday??

School on Sunday=Sunday school.

Only the boys have to go. I think it's some kind of punishment.

Shira Salamone said...

Hello, yourself, wiseguy. Christian children go to religious school on Sunday because Sunday is their Sabbath. So it's entirely reasonable for a Christian to ask why Jewish children don't go to religious school on the Jewish Sabbath.

Kiwi, one of the laws of the Jewish religion is that it's forbidden to write on Sabbath or major holidays (Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement, Sukkot/Feast of Booths, Pesach/Passover, and Shavuot/Feast of Weeks). So it's highly impractical for Jewish kids to go to religious school on those days because there's a limit to what one can teach or learn without writing.

That's why children who attend Hebrew School generally have classes on weekday afternoons or evenings and/or on Sunday.

But why on earth would a child who's in a full-time Jewish school, usually known as a Jewish day school or yeshiva, go to Sunday school? I would think that Monday-Thursday and half of Friday (leaving time to prepare for Sabbath, which starts at sunset) would suffice.

Sweettooth120 said...
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Sweettooth120 said...


You ask the same question I was wondering...why would you children need to go to Sunday school if they already go to Yeshiva?

So the above comment just triggered some questions, if you don't me asking. I know this has absolutely nothing to do with the Mr. Mom theme, but hey I am known for going off on tangents! : )

Q: Do they teach the children in Yeshiva/Day schools Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation, like one would learn at an afterschool Hebrew school? Most people I know, including myself, never went beyond Sunday/hebrew school after our Bat/Bar Mitzvah.

Oh and one more Q: If an orthodox girl is allowed to be Bat Mitzvah - how does she do that without reading from the Torah? I think I remember we were suppose to help lead Friday night services and then do our haftorah (sp?) portion on Sat morning.

PsychoToddler said...

Q: Do they teach the children in Yeshiva/Day schools Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation, like one would learn at an afterschool Hebrew school? Most people I know, including myself, never went beyond Sunday/hebrew school after our Bat/Bar Mitzvah.

They don't teach anything about either, as far as I know. Whatever they teach in non-Orthodox Sunday School is probably subsumed in the 5 to 6 day a week program in the first 7 or 8 years of day school.

Like Hebrew, Torah, Jewish law, etc. It's integral to the program, so it wouldn't require a seperate class.

I wouldn't mind if they DID teach something about bar mitzvah, like how to chant the Torah or how to deliver a speech in front of a shul full of people, but as it is, we have to hire somebody to teach our boys to do that.

Q: If an orthodox girl is allowed to be Bat Mitzvah - how does she do that without reading from the Torah? I think I remember we were suppose to help lead Friday night services and then do our haftorah (sp?) portion on Sat morning.

Women don't lead the services or read from the Torah in Orthodox circles, and you find plenty of info on Kol Isha (listening to women sing) here or elsewhere in the blogosphere. In fact, Bat Mizvah (the female version of Bar Mitzvah) is a relatively recent invention and many right-wing orthodox communities don't hold them.

Regardless how you feel about that, it doesn't matter. Boys and Girls get Bar/Bat Mitzvah's automatically. It happens when they turn 13 and 12 respectively. It doesn't require a test or a ceremony. It's not like getting your driver's license. The ceremony is purely...ceremonial.

Oh, and I stand by my earlier reasoning for Sunday school--it's punishment.

Shira Salamone said...

As a former rabbi used to protest, a boy doesn't *have* a Bar Mitzvah, he *becomes* a Bar Mitzvah, a "son of the commandment(s)," responsible for observing Jewish law. Same with a girl--she *becomes* a Bat Mitzvah, a "daughter of the commandment(s)," with or without ceremony.

That said, I am curious as to how a girl becoming a Bat Mitzvah is acknowledged in your community, and/or what Fudge did when she became a Bat Mitzvah. Did she give a d'var Torah (discussion of religious texts)? Just curious as to what typically transpires in black-hat (right-wing Orthodox) territory and/or how a Yeshiva University graduate (Modern Orthodox) living among the black-hats manages to acknowledge a daughter's arrival at religious adulthood without offending half the neighborhood.

PsychoToddler said...

I think Mrs. B just had a little party for her family. My sisters, on the other hand, had a big affair at the Baba club in NY where we had belly dancers and a night club act!

For Fudge, we invited her friends and teachers over for a Shalosh Seudot and she gave a dvar torah. Oh, and I made a kiddush in shul and did the haftora, which actually was a bigger deal than most people do around here. I think after shabbos, we had something at our house for her class and they did an art project.

Shira Salamone said...

That's neat. That's the kind of Bat Mitzvah celebration that puts the important part before the party.