Today, I learned about a key difference between couples with kids (chitlins), and those without. I observed a couple about our age in their front yard with their little dog, washing their shiny BMW. This observation occurred from behind the nozzle of my hose, where I was engaged in a futile effort to restore my half-green lawn amidst a Texas drought. My motivation for this lawn revival has been to provide Cooper with a nice, lush lawn where he can play with his friends as he grows older.
I wasn’t shining up any BMW’s pre-Cooper — we have both owned Saturns since 2001 — but any shining or cleaning we do now comes in the form of bathing Cooper, or picking up after the messes he makes. That small moment today reminded me of how we’ve changed as a couple.