Recovering from the Weekend

One of the many unanticipated consequences of having a large, young family is being forced to recognize that weekends are not for resting.

Perhaps it is more accurate to say that it was unanticipated by me, which means we now know exactly where I fall on the “man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing” scale. But the fact remains: weekends are not for resting. Sometimes, I feel that I’m heading off to work on Monday so that I can recover from my weekends. (My wife, sadly, is not so fortunate. No rest for the weary, as they say.)

This weekend was particularly jam-packed, featuring  a number of projects in anticipation of Susanka Seven’s arrival. For me, that means a couple of days moving furniture to and from the boys’ rooms. And steam cleaning. Don’t worry; no one got hurt. (Except maybe my pride, which can always do with a bit of bruising.)

There was also the bi-annual Name Convention, which consists primarily of the ever-patient Sarah proposing names that she likes and my rejecting nearly all of them. There’s one in every family, right? Also, Christmas presents. And the ever-present Susankas 1-6.

Anyone else wilting under the effects of a crazy-busy weekend in addition to what is already a crazy-busy life? I’ve got a cure for that.

It’s called “Staring at Antelope Canyon with My Mouth Open.” And it’ll calm you right down. I promise.

Want to see more? “LoveThesePics” has a great assortment of equally spectacular, calm-inducing snaps. I highly recommend it. (Bonus feature for the inveterate cinophile: I’m pretty sure the Antelope made a brief appearance in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. I’d recognize that slot canyon anywhere.)

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.

  • Ann

    While weekends are hectic with a young family, at least you get to have the companionship of your spouse. That’s what I cherish most!

    • Joseph Susanka

      So very true, Ann. And it’s an absolute blast every step of the way. I’m definitely not complaining. …it’s just not restful.

  • SarahD

    I remember feeling this way as a child, actually. It seemed that everyone’s workload doubled because many household projects couldn’t be successfully tackled unless both of my parents were together, and of course we kids were enlisted too. During my early teenage years, I actively dreaded weekends.

    The hamster wheel is a good image. I pretty much made my peace with it a couple of years ago, and now I’m waiting for my spouse to make his peace with it. That would help with the overall stress load considerably.

    • Joseph Susanka

      Love the fact that you found the hamster wheel, Sarah. (And yes, the image of two hamsters trying to clamber on to the insanely-fast wheel at the same time often feels all too true.)

      I’m not trading places with anyone, though. (Just keep swimming; just keep swimming.)

  • Anony Mous
    • Joseph Susanka

      That’s a great app, Anony Mous. Luckily (for me), I said “rejecting nearly all of them.” And that means there were a handful of unrejected options. Plus, we’ve had a girl’s name ready for over a decade. It’ll all work out.

      • Catholic Cowboy

        I can’t wait to see pictures of the newborn when the time comes!
        …And I guess I’m not really anonymous when the avatar automatically shows itself. Oh well… ;)

        • Joseph Susanka

          You might have already been non-anonymous, Anony Mous. I have the “Behind the Scenes Administrative Wand of Power,” remember?