I am an action figure. If something needs to be done, do it. If the band-aid needs to come off, quick is best. I think most moms are the same way. We know that if we don’t pick up as we go, the pile of chores will only get bigger and more daunting. It’s a hard habit to break even when the nest is empty.
I admit that perhaps I carry this to the extreme. I have a difficult time relaxing with a book when there are dishes in the sink or even items out of place. I’ve learned it’s better for my peace of mind to get the work done as I go or before I sit down. I’m the proverbial ant, to my husband’s “there’s always tomorrow” grasshopper.
I can’t walk past a sock on the floor, but that doesn’t mean I’m a clean freak. It merely means that I want to economize my steps.
It carries over into other things. While many husbands are content to wait things out, when a mom calls the kids she expects them to answerЙ now! This is not to say that a woman isn’t patient. Find me a kid who knows how to tie a shoe and I’ll show you a mom who has patiently been by his or her side explaining the steps and praising the success.
Women are usually more willing to weigh all the options before they act. This is not a bad thing. You don’t usually find women involved in acts of road rage or fistfights. Women know that reason trumps action in most situations.
It’s clear to me that a woman should be the next president. We clean up messes, keep order, act when needed Й but wouldn’t be quick to rush in when diplomacy and patience is called for.