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John Din

June 13, 2010

I’m not going to name any names, but when certain members of the Din Household are sick they push any and all obligations aside, climb into bed, and simply remain motionless and unresponsive for 24-48 hours.  While maintaining a candlelight vigil praying for this person’s recovery (for simplicity’s sake we’ll call him John, but do note that names have been changed to protect this person’s identity),  the remaining members of the household will not hear from John unless he is in need of a meal, Sudafed, tea, his iPhone, his laptop, his charger, or the TV remote. 

John will not drop anyone to school, nor will he make the bed.  If John feels up to it, he will lift a finger to send a few emails or text messages before he once again collapses into bed from exhaustion.  And when John finally does recover, he takes things nice and slow until he is once again operating at 100%, at which time he goes about his business without the slightest feelings of guilt at being unproductive for 24-48 hours.

Allow me to contrast this scenario with what happens when I am sick.  It is really quite simple actually because when I am sick nothing changes.

Princess parties still need to be attended, even if I’m coughing up a lung…

Baths must be given, butterfly wings must be fixed, and crowns must be adjusted, despite my flu-like aches and pains…

School fundraisers need to be supported, and Twinkle Time songs must be sung, even if I’m running a fever…

Additionally, laundry must be done, beds must be made, groceries must be purchased, and questions such as, “Are you feeling well enough to make me a sandwich?” must be answered. 

To be fair though, I will admit that on numerous occasions this weekend John Din did say “You should rest if you want to get better.  I don’t know why you don’t just rest?”

I don’t know “John.”  I mean it’s not like I’m busy or anything, right?

60 Comments leave one →
  1. Leah @ Why Deprive? permalink
    June 13, 2010 1:41 pm

    hahahahahahahahaha!!! I love this!

    My boyfriend does not handle sick well – the first sign of a cough and he calls in sick for work. I on the other hand can be near death and life still goes on as usual.
    I did read somewhere though that they did a study, and when men get sick, they actually do get sicker than we do. Of course, I prefer to believe that theyre just not as tough.

  2. Michelle permalink
    June 13, 2010 1:44 pm

    haha I love your humor. I hope you feel better now. Maybe “John” will take care or Maya tonight.

  3. June 13, 2010 1:45 pm

    you are SUPER MOM 🙂 That’s all.

  4. June 13, 2010 1:48 pm

    hahaha I love that one of your tags for this post is “a sick mom can’t catch a break”

    The fact that your out there supporting school fundraisers while you’re sick is serious dedication. Feel better 😀

  5. June 13, 2010 2:23 pm

    Hahaha, “John” sounds a lot my ummm, “Bob.” Hahaha!! 😉

    Feel better Ameena!! 😦 Sorry you’ve been feeling yucky.

  6. June 13, 2010 2:31 pm

    you are seriously a saint. hope you feel better!

  7. June 13, 2010 2:40 pm

    you are such a good Mom 🙂

  8. June 13, 2010 2:56 pm

    Ameena, I don’t know how you do it, but you seriously are like SuperMom. Actually, I think a lot more is expected of mom’s in general because it’s the same in my house. When my dad is sick, he does absolutely nothing but veg out all day. When my mom is sick, on the other hand, sometimes it’s even hard to tell… apart from the increased amount of used Kleenex in the trash can, of course.

    I hope that you’re feeling better soon ❤

  9. June 13, 2010 3:18 pm

    Nice post.
    Curious…do you feel you raise Maya similar to how your parents raised you, etc? I always wonder that with folks.

    • June 13, 2010 7:39 pm

      I am definitely less strict than my parents, but Maya is only 5 so lets see how long that continues! The older I get the more I understand why my parents did what they did.

  10. June 13, 2010 3:59 pm

    You are so funny. I feel like men are categorically weak when it comes to sickness. My dad retreats like a wounded animal. My husband makes weird grunting noises. I just try to ignore the fact that I’m sick. Women must persevere…or something…or the household falls apart. That’s my theory. I think you need to set up a “Jane” scenario for John…in which he can appreciate Jane’s suffering…

  11. traynharder23 permalink
    June 13, 2010 4:21 pm

    haah sounds like my dad!!! he suffers in bed. and whimpers.

    OMG was i getting hit on??!??!! i totally didn’t know!! i wasn’t even dressed remotely cute!

    yeah, sometime this week- i’ll let you know asap!!! park time- where i get to bother those chicks that bother you!!!

  12. June 13, 2010 4:23 pm

    Aww, I really hope you feel better soon Ameena. Isn’t it so unfair that even when us moms are sick we still have to take care of everybody and everything else in the household? Hope “Jonh” feels better soon as well. Hang in there supermom!

  13. June 13, 2010 4:34 pm

    This condition is not unique to “John,” as it’s actually a rampant epidemic called “Man Sickness.”

    Female exposure to man sickness makes those within reach experience homicidal thoughts.

    Women can’t get sick. Or if they do, they can’t use it as an excuse, as it’s not nearly as serious as the hangnail or sniffle said “man” has experienced.

  14. June 13, 2010 5:51 pm

    made me smile- as a 22 year old sometimes I want to take someone to a princess party! Give me a call I’ll jump right in and take over next time

  15. fitandfortysomething permalink
    June 13, 2010 6:15 pm

    ah yes a woman must keep going especially if she has kids…..aren’t we super heros in normal clothes? hope you are feeling better ameena! so sorry……

  16. June 13, 2010 8:16 pm

    Seriously best post ever. Minus the fact that you and the hubs are sick. Get better soooon :)!

  17. June 13, 2010 8:45 pm

    Too funny! Looks like she had a blast! 😀

  18. June 13, 2010 9:01 pm

    hahaha…oh dear. I hope you feel better. I have guy friends who just like “john” when they get sick. OH the hilarity of it.

  19. June 13, 2010 10:03 pm

    You are hysterical. I’m sure that doesn’t help much, but at least you know a reader can relate 🙂

  20. June 14, 2010 2:17 am

    This is funny. I hope you are feeling better and not feeling sick.

  21. June 14, 2010 3:24 am

    This is too funny. Ohhhh being sick…. the joy of it all.

  22. June 14, 2010 4:22 am

    LOL! Funny post.

  23. June 14, 2010 5:27 am

    oh man.. too funny!!!! i totally feel you on this one! my fiance is a wimp.. i could be dying, he gets a cough and he’s down for the count for weeks on end.. i think all men are like this at some point though!

  24. June 14, 2010 6:25 am

    Haha, I love it! My husband turns into a huge baby when he is sick, it drives me crazy!

  25. June 14, 2010 6:27 am

    You have the best sense of humor! I love it!

  26. June 14, 2010 7:34 am

    That was pretty funny. Why is it that men always act so differently when they’re sick than women? Hope you’re feeling well.

  27. June 14, 2010 8:30 am

    OMG! i totally would have loved something like that! even at 21.. i picture myself there danicng and singing! lol. haha.

    haha my dad is a WHIMP! he will lay in bed and bang his hand on the wall for attention and let out a “urrrRRrrgggHHHhhhh” pre-death warning sigh lol.

  28. June 14, 2010 10:39 am

    I think women “push through it” out of guilt and a higher sense of connection, being needed. But honestly? Just because men know how to rest doesn’t mean they are wimps. In many cases, they can teach us how to NURTURE ourselves and truly LET GO.
    Women are more likely to take sick days for their kids (which is really WORK!) than for themselves…that makes them more likely to burn out. Hmmm….maybe guys have something on that?
    Next time, check into a motel! 🙂

  29. June 14, 2010 11:38 am

    Haha, this is great. And pretty typical, I think.

    Men are such babies when they are sick. I don’t know how you manage to be patient with it, because it is one thing about them that drives me nuts. And I don’t even have kids, so it’s not like I have extra responsibility when a boyfriend is sick.

    I guess it bothers me because I don’t understand it! But it seems pretty common looking at all the comments above…women tend to fight their sickness and go about their days anyway and men tend to act like 5 year olds. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is a good thing to rest when you are sick. I think there should be a happy medium between the whiny “Can you please pick me up some chicken soup and drop it off at my place which is on the other side of town, after you have worked all day long, even though I only have a slight cold and the grocery store is around the corner from me?” and the “I don’t care if I’m sick, I’m going to do every single thing on my to-do list, no excuses.” Women could stand to give themselves a break once in a while.

  30. June 14, 2010 11:48 am

    sorry to hear you are not feeling well… hope you feel better soon 🙂

  31. June 14, 2010 12:38 pm

    Hilarious post! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. It’s amazing to see how you’re handling a career, a family and a blog with such grace. The truth comes out. It’s because you don’t get any sick days 🙂

  32. Simply Life permalink
    June 14, 2010 12:45 pm

    oh my gosh, what a fun event!

  33. June 14, 2010 12:51 pm

    You are seriously a supermom, Ameena! 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  34. June 14, 2010 5:08 pm

    I´m so sorry you´re feeling sick, Ameena!
    Hope you get well soon!
    Loved this post – incredibly well-written, as always 😀
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  35. June 14, 2010 7:56 pm

    Aw, I hope you feel better. I do agree though, moms even though they’re sick, still need to take stuff around the house or else everything falls apart..haha. Men sometimes just can’t take a little sickness..oh well.. You’re a super mom, reminds me a lot of one of my co-worker.

  36. highonhealthy permalink
    June 14, 2010 8:57 pm

    Haha! What a typical guy. They think that getting sick is pretty much the end of the world. Good thing they have us strong women around to keep them alive. 😉

    Get well soon though!

  37. June 14, 2010 9:42 pm

    Awesome! This post cracked me right up! I hope you feel better really soon! Rest and ask for a sandwich 😉


  38. June 14, 2010 9:55 pm

    not to be sexist but…yeah…men are such babies when sick…my boyfriend, my dad, my brother…all of them (at least those I know well!). Sounds like you are being a great mommy and wife and still full of humor!

  39. Jessica permalink
    June 15, 2010 5:07 am

    Doesn’t he know? Princess parties are pretty much a number one priority.

  40. louisianagrown permalink
    June 15, 2010 5:56 am

    This may be my favorite post you’ve ever written. Priceless! You put it so well, but seriously, even man I know suffers from this very same problem.

  41. June 15, 2010 7:18 am

    AAAh…men and sickness. The “John” in your family sounds a lot like my husband.

    Hope you feel better soon Ameena!!!!

  42. thehungryscholar permalink
    June 15, 2010 8:38 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have such a beautiful family! And we have the same taste in blog themes, which I love.

    I totally feel your post. I was actually very sick this week and at some point I was cooking French toast, and I looked at my healthy boyfriend and said “Why aren’t YOU doing this.” When he’s sick, I have do everything. Whatever, ha.

  43. June 15, 2010 9:43 am

    You are so hiliarious…I think this should be the title and subject of a book!!

  44. March 29, 2011 7:55 pm

    Awww its kind of cool that Twinkle Time songs must be sung even when under the weather!
    Thanks for the mention ! Moms do have the hardest jobs ever! Your a SUPER MOM!

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