"Honey, when you have a moment, can you please come in here?" My wife was calling to me from the bedroom.
I, on the other hand, no longer was golfing, going to the bar or playing poker with the other men in the neighborhood. Instead of donning a golf glove, I was putting on rubber gloves. Instead of worrying about being dealt a bad hand, I was worrying about getting dishpan hands.
I quietly knocked and waited for permission from her to enter. Upon entering, I could see her at her desk carefully studying a magazine, but I couldn't make out exactly what kind of magazine. She slowly turned in my direction.
"Sit down on the bed for a minute. I just wanted to thank you," she started. "You have been working your fingers to the bone so that I can relax and enjoy myself. And I truly appreciate it."
"You are very welcome honey. It's the least I can do to show you my appreciation," I replied, maybe a little bit too quickly.
"Dear, please don't interrupt. When I am ready for you to talk, I will let you know. Until then, please remain quiet."
I nodded in reply.
"You know that I have been going to dinner with Lisa and Louisa, right?"
I nodded once again so as to not frustrate her further.
"Lisa is hosting a Halloween party tomorrow night and she invited us a few weeks back. I have been struggling with the costumes but, when I was talking with Louisa over coffee this morning, she mentioned how nice it must be to have a maid. That's when I knew it." She paused, almost uncomfortably long.
My puzzled expression must have given her the suggestion that I had no idea what "it" was.
"I still have not decided what my costume will be, but you will be attending as a maid."
I struggled to hold my tongue and to control my emotions. I must have looked startled but I did not speak.
She then showed me a page of the magazine she was looking through. It was actually a catalog from a costume store. The images were shocking but she quickly pointed to the French Maid.
I started shaking my head with wide, teary eyes.
"Relax, honey, everything will be all right. You'll see..."
to be continued?